BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Thursday October 11 2007 06:51 GMT

In pics: Landmark space lift-off

The Soyuz rocket takes off

We have lift off! A Russian space craft is off to the International Space Station to change crews

Crew members Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and American Peggy Whitson

On board are Malaysia's first astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (left), Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the ISS

American Peggy Whitson

Ms Whitson and Mr Malenchenko will remain on the ISS for six months, replacing two other astronauts who will come back to Earth with Mr Shukor

The Soyuz rocket takes off

The Soyuz rocket blasted off smoothly from a space centre in Baikonur, Kazakhstan

The Soyuz rocket takes off

Mr Shukor is the first Muslim to fly in space during the holy month of Ramadan and will be there for the Eid festival, when he will celebrate with his crewmates

The Soyuz rocket takes off from Malaysia

There was a special ceremony in Kuala Lumpur to mark Malaysia's first entry into space and loads of reports in all the newspapers

BBC Homepage >> | CBBC Homepage >>

Meet the Team | Help | Contact Us | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy