Posted: Tue, May 15, 2012, 7:52 AM ET (1152 GMT)
A Soyuz rocket launched a spacecraft carrying three new International Space Station crew members on Tuesday. The Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 11:01 pm EDT Monday (0301 GMT, 9:01 am local time Tuesday) and placed the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft into orbit. On board the Soyuz are Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and American astronaut Joseph Acaba. The Soyuz will dock with the ISS at 11:39 pm EDT Wednesday (0339 GMT Thursday), where the three will join the three people currently on the ISS: NASA's Don Pettit, ESA's Andre Kuipers, and Roscosmos's Oleg Kononenko.