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Soyuz capsule blasts off for International Space Station

  • The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

    The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wild foxes walk in front of a launch pad prior the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 7, 2016. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Kate Rubins, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, and Japan astronaut Takuya Onishi. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

    Wild foxes walk in front of a launch pad prior the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 7, 2016. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Kate Rubins, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, and Japan astronaut Takuya Onishi. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 7, 2016.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

    The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

A Russian space capsule has launched at the beginning of a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz capsule atop a towering Russian rocket blasted off at 7:36 a.m. Thursday (0136 GMT) from Russia's manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

It carried Russian Anatoly Ivanshin, NASA's Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi of the Japanese space agency JAXA.

The launch appeared flawless and the spacecraft entered orbit about 10 minutes after liftoff. The capsule is to dock with the orbiting space laboratory on Saturday.

The crew will join American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who have been aboard since March.