Soyuz TMA-14M blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome yesterday:
The crew are Soyuz commander Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz engineer Elena Serova, and NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore. Elena Serova is the first Russian woman to fly into space since 1997. Serova is only the fourth female cosmonaut, following in the footsteps of Valentina Tereshkova, Svetlana Savitskaya, and Yelena Kondakova.
The flight was not without glitches; although the launch was flawless and the fast-track approach successful, the Soyuz was only able to deploy one of its solar arrays. Fortunately, one is all it really needs; the second one is a backup.