Russian spacecraft set for Saturday launch

A Russian rocket, due to take a U.S. space tourist into orbit this week, rolled across the empty steppe on Thursday towards its launch pad in Kazakhstan.

The Soviet-designed Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft will blast off on Saturday at 11:31 p.m. (1731 GMT) carrying U.S. software wizard Charles Simonyi and Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov to the International Space Station.

The rocket was taken from its assembly station at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at dawn and pulled by rail to its launch pad which has changed little since Yuri Gagarin lifted off from the site in 1961 to become the first man in space.

More info:  Reuters news article

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