Attleboro astronaut blasts off for ISS

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) – A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off on its way to the International Space Station carrying one of Southeast Massachusetts’ own.

The Soyuz capsule with Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle launched at 1:23 p.m. Sunday from Russia’s manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered orbit nine minutes later.

Tingle, 52, is an Attleboro native who was raised in Raynham.

Tingle said he was excited to see “the world’s greatest engineering marvel,” as well as work with his international colleagues.

It is the first space flight for Tingle and Kanai; Shkaplerov is on his third mission to the ISS.

The capsule is to dock on Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory. The three will join Russia’s Alexander Misurkin and Joe Acaba and Mark Vandde Hei of NASA, who have been aboard since September.

The crew is set to return in April.

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