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Russian-French Crew Blasts Off

October 21, 2001

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MOSCOW (AP) _ A Russian-French crew blasted off Sunday for the International Space Station, a mission control spokesman said.

The three-person crew, which includes French astronaut Claudie Haignere, took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan aboard a Russian Soyuz-TM33 spacecraft at 12:59 p.m. Moscow time, he said.

Haignere, who in 1996 became the first Frenchwoman in space, is serving as crew engineer during the 10 days in space with Russian cosmonauts Viktor Afanasyev and Konstantin Kozeyev.

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