This Is What It Feels Like to Finally Reach Space

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-09M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-09M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Mikhail Metzel/AP

Smiles on the faces of all the astronauts last night as they boarded the International Space Station

The smiles on their faces say it all. Last night, a little after midnight on the East coast, three astronauts floated off a Russian Soyuz space capsule and onto the International Space Station where they will live for the next six months. The astronauts (from left to right: Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen L. Nyberg of the USA, and Luca Parmitano of Italy) had departed just eight hours earlier from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 

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