American, Russian cheered as they reach Intl Space Station
April 21, 2017
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz space capsule on Thursday safely delivered an American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station.
NASA's Jack Fischer and Russia's Fyodor Yurchikhin lifted off from the Russia-leased launch facility in Kazakhstan at 1:13 p.m. Thursday (0713 GMT, 3:13 a.m. EDT). They reached orbit about nine minutes later, a moment illustrated when a stuffed white dog toy hanging from a string in the capsule began to float.
About six hours later, they docked at the orbiting outpost.
NASA's Peggy Whitson, th...