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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An astronaut from Steamboat Springs will be aboard a Russian spacecraft headed to the International Space Station this week.

The spacecraft carrying Steve Swanson and two Russian cosmonauts is scheduled to launch Tuesday from Kazakhstan.

Steamboat Todayreports that it will be Swanson's third trip to space overall and the first since the United States ended its shuttle program.

Swanson is a 1979 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School and says growing up in the town helped him develop a love of the outdoors. He went on to earn a degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado and lives in Houston with his wife Mary and their three children.

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