Astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off to become first Canadian commander of International Space Station
Chris Hadfield has successfully blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a mission that is to see him become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station.
Hadfield is travelling to the space station on board a Russian Soyuz capsule for a five-month visit to the giant orbiting space lab.
He is sharing the trip to the space station with NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko. (NASA; AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky; AFP PHOTO / NASA/CARLA CIOFFI)