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Three-nation crew blasts off for space station

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome...more

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome...more

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome...more

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012....more

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome...more

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome...more

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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A security guard stands in front of the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft set on its launch pad before the blast off with the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

A security guard stands in front of the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft set on its launch pad before the blast off with the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut...more

A security guard stands in front of the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft set on its launch pad before the blast off with the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool
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International Space Station crew member U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn waves as he boards the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

International Space Station crew member U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn waves as he boards the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

International Space Station crew member U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn waves as he boards the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool
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An Orthodox priest blesses the International Space Station (ISS) crew members (L to R) U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield before they leave a hotel for a final pre-launch preparation at the Baikonur Cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov

An Orthodox priest blesses the International Space Station (ISS) crew members (L to R) U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield before they leave a hotel for a final pre-launch...more

An Orthodox priest blesses the International Space Station (ISS) crew members (L to R) U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield before they leave a hotel for a final pre-launch preparation at the Baikonur Cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov
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International Space Station crew member Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko waves as he boards the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

International Space Station crew member Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko waves as he boards the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

International Space Station crew member Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko waves as he boards the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool
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International Space Station crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (C) walks before boarding the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

International Space Station crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (C) walks before boarding the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

International Space Station crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (C) walks before boarding the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool
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International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield looks on while specialists check his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield looks on while specialists check his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield looks on while specialists check his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to get up after checking his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to get up after checking his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to get up after checking his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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International Space Station (ISS) crew members (L-R) Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speak with relatives after putting on their space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

International Space Station (ISS) crew members (L-R) Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speak with relatives after putting on their space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome December...more

International Space Station (ISS) crew members (L-R) Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speak with relatives after putting on their space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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International Space Station (ISS) crew members Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (L), U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (C) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield joke as they talk with their relatives after putting on their space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

International Space Station (ISS) crew members Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (L), U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (C) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield joke as they talk with their relatives after putting on their space suits at the Baikonur...more

International Space Station (ISS) crew members Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (L), U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (C) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield joke as they talk with their relatives after putting on their space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (L) talks with his relatives after putting on his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (L) talks with his relatives after putting on his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (L) talks with his relatives after putting on his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool
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The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko reacts as he talks with his relatives after putting on his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko reacts as he talks with his relatives after putting on his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko reacts as he talks with his relatives after putting on his space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool
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International Space Station crew members U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (C), Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (bottom) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield wave as they board the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

International Space Station crew members U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (C), Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (bottom) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield wave as they board the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19,...more

International Space Station crew members U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (C), Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (bottom) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield wave as they board the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool
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Russia's Roskosmos space agency chief Vladimir Popovkin (R) greets members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (2nd R), Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (2nd L) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield before they board the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool

Russia's Roskosmos space agency chief Vladimir Popovkin (R) greets members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (2nd R), Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (2nd L) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield before...more

Russia's Roskosmos space agency chief Vladimir Popovkin (R) greets members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn (2nd R), Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (2nd L) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield before they board the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool
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