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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crews Visit Baikonur

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — U.S. and Russian crew members, due to be the first men to inhabit the $60 billion International Space Station, arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday to inspect the craft on which they are due to fly.

Bill Shepherd of the United States and Russians Yury Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalyov will take off for the ISS at the end of October, crowning an effort fraught with delays over several years. They will fly to the ISS on a Russian Soyuz TM-31 rocket being prepared for the flight.

A standby crew also arrived, including American Kenneth Bowersox and Russians Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin.

Nikolai Zelenshchikov, first vice president of RKK Energia, which built the Mir space station as well as the Soyuz rocket, said the final date for the launch had still to be fixed.