The rocket contains a three man crew including Denmark’s first astronaut.
On Wednesday a Russian Soyuz rocket was launched from Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is the 500th rocket to be launched by the Russians. The rocket contains a three man international crew.
The crew includes the first ever astronaut from Denmark. The rocket will undergo a two day journey into space. The destination is the ISS (International Space Station). ISS is the 15-nation space outpost.
The rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 10:37 a.m. (0437 GMT). The rocket carried the Soyuz TMA-18M spaceship. The rocket crew will be led by the veteran Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov.
Other members include the rookie Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency (ESA). Mogensen has also been dubbed "Denmark's Gagarin", a reference to a Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Last but not the least is Aidyn Aimbetov. Aimbetov is a first-time space flyer and trained from Kazakhstan's space agency Kazcosmos.
Mogensen previously told the news-papers he had shaved his right leg for Volkov. It will allow Volkov to better apply electrodes during scientific experiments in space. Another one of Mogensen’s jobs will be to test equipment while on Danish-made exercise bikes.
The Danish exercise bikes help astronauts battle the negative impact of weightlessness. They were launched in 2001. Aimbetov is the third ethnic Kazakh in space. In space Aimbetov will study the effects of space radiation on the brain by wearing a special dosimeter.
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Volkov is the first son of a cosmonaut to have flown to the ISS. Volkov’s father is Alexander Volkov, who commanded a Soyuz spaceship in 1991. Volkov joked their family tradition is to carry Kazakhs into space.