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Astronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blasted off early Saturday on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth. The trip is NASA's first attempt at a one-year spaceflight, anticipating Mars expeditions that would last two to three years. Their Soyuz space capsule set off from Russia's manned space launch facility on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 1:42 a. m. (1942 GMT Friday; 4:42 p. m. EDT Friday) and was to dock with...

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