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09/25/2014 04:18 pm ET Updated Sep 25, 2014

Russia's First Female ISS Crew Member To Launch This Afternoon (LIVE STREAM)

At 4:25 p.m. EDT today, weather permitting, a multinational crew of three astronauts will be launched into space to begin a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew includes Elena Serova, Russia's first female cosmonaut to travel to the ISS, The Moscow Times reported. Serova will be joined by Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev and U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore.

At a press conference Thursday, a journalist asked 38-year-old Serova how she intended to style her hair in orbit, as reported by the Agence France-Presse in Moscow. Serova -- Russia's first female cosmonaut in 17 years -- fired back, "Can I ask a question, too: aren’t you interested in the hair styles of my colleagues?"

The spacecraft will launch from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2:25 a.m. local time Friday.

WATCH NASA's live stream video of the event above. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. EDT.

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