published Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-09M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-09M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MOSCOW — A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts has successfully docked with the International Space Station, bringing the size of the crew at the orbiting lab to six.

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russia’s Fyodor Yurchikhin and Italy’s Luca Parmitano traveled six hours in the capsule before linking up with the orbiting lab’s Russian Rassvet research module.

The incoming crew will spend five months in space conducting a variety of experiments before returning to Earth.

Their mission began with a midnight launch from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan.

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