U.S.-Russian crew blasts off for space station with one empty seat


Photographers take pictures as the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft carrying the crew of Jack Fischer of the U.S. and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, April 20, 2017. Security personnel ride on an armoured vehicle next to the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft shortly before its launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan April 20, 2017. A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying U.S. astronaut Jack Fischer, 43, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, 58, lifted off at 1:13 p.m. local time/3:13 a.m. EDT (0713 GMT) with a rare empty third seat.

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