Crew confident ahead of first flight since failed Soyuz launch

Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) – Russian, American and Canadian astronauts blasted off yesterday for the first manned Soyuz mission since a frightening failed launch in October, with the three feeling confident despite the risks. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency launched for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station at the expected time of 1131 GMT. More details in Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin