Whatever's happening on Earth, Russians and Americans are getting along fine in space.
Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut blasted off on Tuesday for a six-month stay on the International Space Station.
As Reuters reported, Russia's Soyuz rocket carrying cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson lifted off at 5:17 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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The trip ran into a small glitch, when an unknown problem caused the Soyuz capsule to skip two planned steering maneuvers, delaying their arrival until Thursday.
Mission commentator Rob Navias said, "The crew is in no danger. The Soyuz (is) equipped with plenty of consumables to go even beyond the next two days, should that be become necessary. Nobody expects that that will be the case."
Russia's state TV channel Rossiya-24 quoted the Russian space agency Roscosmos saying, "It's all normal on board."
The stunning images below are from its initial launch.
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Reuters contributed to this report.