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The Apollo 11 anniversary, the U.S. astronaut blasts off for the international space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft

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Thousands gather in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing; John Fisher reports.

NASA)-astronaut Andrew Morgan, blasted off for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on Saturday, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Morgan, a Russian cosmonaut, Alexander Skvortsov, and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-13 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the latest. The Russian rocket, US astronauts Andrew Morgan, a Russian cosmonaut, Alexander Skvortsov, and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.
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Selected by NASA in 2013, Morgan was making his first trip to the area. A U.S. Army emergency physician, Bavaria, and served in special operations units worldwide, before becoming an astronaut. He will have to spend nine months on the orbiting space lab.

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Morgan’s truck is expected to link up with the iss on Saturday evening.

“The trio’s arrival, we will return to the job in the laboratory a population of six, including three NASA astronauts,” said NASA on its website. “The Expedition team of 60 crew members will continue to work on hundreds of experiments in the fields of biology, life sciences, physical science, and Earth science to the board of the human race, the only permanently inhabited microgravity laboratory.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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