BAIKONUR (AFP) - Russia on Monday successfully resumed sending astronauts to the International Space Station after a break of over five months forced by the crash of a Russian spaceship into Siberia. Two Russians and an American blasted off to the orbiting laboratory on a Soyuz-FG rocket, Russias first manned mission since the failed launch of the unmanned Progress supply ship in August temporarily grounded its Soyuz rockets. The launch had originally been scheduled for September 22, and the delay had forced a wholesale rejig of the staffing of the space station. Russias last manned launch was on June 7. The morning launch of the Soyuz lit up the grey skies over Russias Baikonur cosmodrome in the steppes of Kazakhstan, which were covered by an early fall of snow, an AFP correspondent reported. Everything is normal and we are feeling fine, the crew reported back to mission control as television pictures showed a character from the Angry Birds computer game dangling in the cockpit as a mascot.