2 Russians, 1 American to blast into space; 2 to spend a full year away from Earth

March 27, 2015 7:38 PM

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.

The trip is NASA's first stab at a one-year spaceflight, anticipating Mars expeditions that would last two to three years. Their Soyuz space capsule sets off from Russia's manned space launch facility on the steppes of Kazakhstan and docks with the space station several hours later.

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