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NASA image This photograph is one of the first to show interaction among the Expedition 36 crew members already onboard the International Space Station and the three freshly arrived crew members, in-cluding Vining native Karen Nyberg, on May 29. Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin (frame center) of Russia’s Federal Space Agency greeted the newcomers. They are, from left, Flight Engineers Nyberg of NASA, Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency.

Otter Tail native up in space

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NASA astronaut and Otter Tail County native Karen Nyberg embarked on her second journey into space last Tuesday, blasting off to a six-month stay on the International Space Station.

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She launched along with two other members of the Expedition 36 team from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a seven-hour trip to the space station, more than 200 miles above Earth.

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