US-Russian crew blasts off for orbiting station (AP) – 778th Edition

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-21 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Ron Garan , Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokytyaev and Andrei Borisenko. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)AP – A U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off Tuesday in the pre-dawn darkness, riding into orbit on a Soyuz craft emblazoned with the portrait of the first man in space in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight.

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