A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard blasted off from Russia's launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Saturday, July 20.

The launch of the Soyuz rocket took place on the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. astronauts landed on the Moon.

The capsule carried Andrew Morgan of the United States on his first spaceflight, Russian Alexander Skvortsov on his third mission to the space station and Italian Luca Parmitano.

They joined Russian Alexey Ovchinin and Americans Nick Hague and Christina Koch who have been aboard since March.

The crew patch for the expedition echoes the one from Apollo 11's 1969 lunar mission. (AP)

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