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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S., Russia To Share Space

WASHINGTON -- A Russian and an American will make up the first team to fly on the international space station when it is ready for occupancy in 1998, officials announced Tuesday.

The station, now under construction, will be assembled in space beginning in November 1997. Russia is providing key elements.

Astronaut William Shepherd and cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev will be launched to the yet-unnamed station aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. The target date has not been announced.