URGENT ¥¥¥ Three astronauts blast off on express ride to ISS

A crew of two Russians and an American blasted off Friday on a Russian rocket for the International Space Station, in a trip scheduled to be the fastest ever manned journey to the facility.

The trio were launched from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the trip to the ISS, with a journey time expected to be just six hours compared with the previous two days, an AFP correspondent reported.