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U.S.-Russian duo joins space station crew

Today there are 67 percent more people working in space than there were the day before, now that NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin have arrived at the International Space Station. The two spacefliers were launched from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early today and took a six-hour ride aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft – using a fast-track trajectory that’s more efficient than the alternative two-day route.

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