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SpaceX capsule heads to space station ferrying NASA crew and Russian

Japan's robotics expert Koichi Wakata, 59, makes his fifth voyage to space

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule launches in Cape Canaveral, U.S. on Oct. 5.    © Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, U.S. (Reuters) -- A SpaceX rocket soared into orbit from Florida on Wednesday carrying the next long-term International Space Station crew, with a Russian cosmonaut, two Americans and a Japanese astronaut flying together in a demonstration of U.S.-Russian teamwork in space despite Ukraine war tensions.

A high-ranking official of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said shortly after the launch that the flight marked "a new phase of our cooperation" with the U.S. space agency NASA.

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