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Russia's Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft blasts off from the Russian leased Kazakh Baikonur cosmodrome. Photo / AFP
Russia's Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft blasts off from the Russian leased Kazakh Baikonur cosmodrome. Photo / AFP

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