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Soyuz spacecraft moved to launch pad for ISS flight

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A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket due to lift off Sunday to take a crew of three to the International Space Station has been moved to the launch pad at Kazakhstan's Baikonur space center.
BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), October 10 (RIA Novosti) - A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket due to lift off Sunday to take a crew of three to the International Space Station has been moved to the launch pad at Kazakhstan's Baikonur space center. (VIDEO)

The three-stage rocket with the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft was transported from an assembly facility to the launch site Thursday evening for pre-flight preparation procedures.

The ISS was successfully moved to a higher orbit October 4 to receive the Soyuz craft carrying the 18th ISS expedition - U.S. astronaut Mike Fincke, Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott.

The crew was approved by Russia's space agency in late September after completing a series of preflight tests and medical checks.

The son of a U.S. astronaut, millionaire Garriott made his fortune in online computer games, including the popular Ultima Online, and paid $30 million to become the sixth space tourist to travel to the ISS.

He wants to conduct scientific experiments while onboard and some reports have said he may even conduct a space walk.

The launch has been scheduled for 11:01 a.m. Moscow time [07:01 GMT] Sunday.

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