U.S.-Russian crew bound to ISS includes ex-Tenn. athlete

September 26, 2014 12:47 AM

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U.S.-Russian crew bound to ISS includes ex-Tenn. athlete

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A U.S.-Russian crew that includes a former Tennessee college athlete flying his third NASA mission has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station.

Barry "Butch" Wilmore, 51, who grew up in the Una neighborhood southeast of Nashville, joined Russians Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova in the Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft that lifted off as scheduled at 4:25 p.m. ET from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

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