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Update: The Soyuz rocket has successfully placed the manned Soyuz capsule into orbit.
The leaders in the 2019 launch race:
2 Europe (Arianespace)
The U.S. still leads China 4 to 3 in the national rankings.
Initial post: The Russians are right now counting down to a 3:14 pm (eastern) manned Soyuz launch to ISS.
A live video stream of the launch is available at the link from both NASA and the Russians. I have embedded the Russian stream below the fold. It has little narration, and so avoids the annoying propaganda stuff that the NASA feed is littered with.
This manned launch is a bit more interesting in that it is attempting to put in space the three astronauts who were on the aborted October launch. This is also only the second manned Soyuz launch since that abort, so there remains a bit of nervousness about it.