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Photographers snap away as the three-strong crew blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome bound for the International Space Station, which has been orbiting Earth at some 28,000 kph (17,000 mph) since 1998 (AFP / Vyacheslav OSELEDKO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

New crew blasts off for ISS

By Agence France-Presse A relatively inexperienced crew of two astronauts and a cosmonaut blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month…