Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian NASA Astronaut Heading to the International Space Station

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian NASA Astronaut Heading to the International Space Station

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Canadian NASA astronaut heads to space station

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MONTREAL - A NASA astronaut with ties to Canada has blasted off to the International Space Station where he will stay nearly six months.

Andrew "Drew" Feustel, who has dual Canada-U.S. citizenship, headed off Wednesday afternoon with fellow NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.

The trio are aboard a Soyuz rocket that left as scheduled from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan -- eight months before Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques leaves for the orbiting space laboratory in November for a six-month stay.

The spacecraft is set to dock at the orbiting outpost Friday.

Feustel met his future wife, Indira, a speech pathologist from eastern Ontario, at Indiana's Purdue University. …

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