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The launch was 3:20 p.m. EST Thursday, which was early Friday morning at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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At 56, astronaut Peggy Whitson is a lot younger than John Glenn was when he flew in a space shuttle at 77, but when Whitson launched Thursday with two other crew members toward the International Space Station she became the oldest female astronaut in the world to fly into space.

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