It will still take about two days for the Soyuz spacecraft that is now in orbit to bring Sarnia born Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to the International Space Station but Wednesday's (Eastern time) 7:12 a.m. launch was flawless. Launch time in Kazakhstan at a facility rented by Russia was 6:12 p.m.
"Everything is nominal," a commentator on NASA TV repeated the technical term several times during the broadcast.
Hadfield will spend he next five months at the ISS and in March 2013 will become the first Canadian astronaut to take command of the ISS. He is a civilian astronaut, having retired from the Canadian military in 2003.
Pictured: Astronaut Chris Hadfield is pictured at the top of the picture, minutes after Wednesday a.m.'s launch of the Soyuz vehicle.