US-Russian crew blasts off to International Space Station

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, left, Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, members of the main crew to the International

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, left, Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, members of the main crew to the International

An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, March

An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, March

The Soyuz rocket is seen at dawn on launch site 1 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Expedition 59's astro

The Soyuz rocket is seen at dawn on launch site 1 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Expedition 59's astro

An Orthodox priest walks after a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Mar

An Orthodox priest walks after a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Mar

An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, March

An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, March

Russian Orthodox Priest Father Sergei blesses members of the media at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Baikonur, Kazak

Russian Orthodox Priest Father Sergei blesses members of the media at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Baikonur, Kazak

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, left, Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, members of the main crew to the International

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, left, Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, members of the main crew to the International

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, left, Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, members of the main crew to the International

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, left, Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, members of the main crew to the International

U.S. astronauts Nick Hague, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus prior to the

U.S. astronauts Nick Hague, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus prior to the

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus p

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus p

Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relative from a bus prior t

Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relative from a bus prior t

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus p

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, a members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus p

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus pr

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), interacts with his relatives from a bus pr

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, right, Nick Hague, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speak

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, right, Nick Hague, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speak

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague Russian, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures prior the launch of So

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague Russian, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures prior the launch of So

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, right, and Nick Hague, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), wa

U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, right, and Nick Hague, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), wa

Russian Space Agency experts help U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), to st

Russian Space Agency experts help U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), to st

Russian Space Agency experts help Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS

Russian Space Agency experts help Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian-American crew of three has blasted off to the International Space Station, making a second attempt to reach the outpost after October's aborted launch.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along with Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as planned from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:14 a.m. Friday (1914 GMT Thursday). They are set to dock at the space station in about six hours.

On Oct. 11, a Soyuz that Hague and Ovchinin were riding in failed two minutes into its flight, activating a rescue system that allowed their capsule to land safely. That accident was the first aborted crew launch for the Russian space program since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts safely jettisoned after a launch pad explosion.