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Soyuz craft carrying Russian, Dane and Kazakh blasts off for International Space Station

  • Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures near the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)

    Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures near the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-18M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The Russian rocket carries Kazakhstan's cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-18M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The Russian rocket carries Kazakhstan's cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kazakhstan's cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, center, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, bottom, and Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture near the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)

    Kazakhstan's cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, center, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, bottom, and Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture near the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Soyuz space craft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh has blasted off for the International Space Station.

The rocket lifted off from a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan on schedule at 10:37 a.m. (0437GMT) Wednesday.

The new three-man crew will arrive at the orbiting outpost on Friday after a two-day flight through space, bringing the number on board to nine for the first time since November 2013.

Andreas Mogensen is the first Dane in space. Russia's Sergei Volkov is following in the footsteps of his father, who 24 years ago launched into space with the first astronaut from Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh on the current mission, Aidyn Aimbetov, got his seat when British singer Sarah Brightman pulled out.