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article imageVideo: Musical crew flies on Soyuz to International Space Station

By Anne Sewell     Dec 19, 2012 in Science
The Russian Soyuz TMA07 spaceship took off on Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This time the craft is carrying a musical crew of three astronauts to the ISS.
The video shows the blastoff as three astronauts take off in the Soyuz TMA-07 spaceship, on its autonomous flight to the ISS. The launch happened at 12:12 GMT on Wednesday.
The three astronauts comprise Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, NASA's Tom Marshburn and the Canadian Space Agency's Chris Hadfield. Hadfield will become the first Canadian to command the ISS during the mission.
The trio have embarked on a two-day journey, and are set to dock with the ISS on December 21 and join the three astronauts already on board. The video also shows some of the preparation before the flight.
As we can see from the video, they have taken guitars with them and intend on devoting their spare time to music, and Chris Hadfield says he's going to record several songs during the space journey. This is quite probably the first music composed in space.
Maybe they are getting ready for Sarah Brightman's stint as a space tourist next year?
The entire crew will be spending Christmas and the New Year on board the International Space Station. The crew will be carrying out around 100 scientific experiments, will welcome several cargo spaceships and two space walks are planned.
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