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These photos of cosmonauts (and one astronaut) blasting off into space are stunning

The new crew of Russian cosmonauts and US astronaut will stay on the ISS for six months.
Credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP

Whatever's happening on Earth, Russians and Americans are getting along fine in space.

Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut blasted off on Tuesday for a six-month stay on the International Space Station.

As Reuters reported, Russia's Soyuz rocket carrying cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson lifted off at 5:17 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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The trip ran into a small glitch, when an unknown problem caused the Soyuz capsule to skip two planned steering maneuvers, delaying their arrival until Thursday.

Mission commentator Rob Navias said, "The crew is in no danger. The Soyuz (is) equipped with plenty of consumables to go even beyond the next two days, should that be become necessary. Nobody expects that that will be the case."

Russia's state TV channel Rossiya-24 quoted the Russian space agency Roscosmos saying, "It's all normal on board."

The stunning images below are from its initial launch.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

  • Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft blasted off from a launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, early on March 26, 2014.
    Credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP
  • The Soyuz spacecraft carried a crew of US astronaut Steven Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev aboard.
    Credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP
  • Engine problems caused a delay in the Soyuz's arrival at the International Space Station on March 26, 2014.
    Credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP
  • Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said the spacecraft would arrive at the ISS on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
    Credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP
  • The mission to the ISS is a sign of US-Russia space cooperation pressing on despite the diplomatic standoff over Ukraine.
    Credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP
  • The new crew of Russian cosmonauts and US astronaut will stay on the ISS for six months.
    Credit: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP

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