First Russian woman in International Space Station mission


Russia has sent a woman into space for the first time in 17 years as part of a joint US-Russian mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Yelena Serova and two male colleagues, an American and a Russian, docked with the ISS six hours after blasting off from Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft.

Ms Serova is only the fourth female Russian cosmonaut to enter space, and is the first to fly to the ISS.

The 38-year-old engineer has spent seven years training for the role.

The team is due to spend six months on board the ISS.


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