Russia launches new Soyuz to replace leaky spacecraft for space station crew

Relief is on the way for three astronauts who are currently dependent on a leaky spacecraft docked to the International Space Station.

A replacement Russian Soyuz spacecraft, called the MS-23, is destined for the International Space Station (ISS) to be the new ride home for cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio. The launch took place flawlessly on Thursday (February 23) from the Russian-run Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:24 PM EST (0024 GMT or 3:34 AM local time, Friday, February 24).

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