Russian capsule docks safely at International Space Station

Russian capsule docks safely at International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts from the United States, Britain & Russia has docked successfully at the International Space Station.

NASA's live broadcast from the Russian Mission Control showed the Soyuz spacecraft mooring smoothly at 8:33 p.m. Moscow time (1733 GMT) at the space outpost Tuesday approximately 6 ½ hours after lifting off from Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan.

Aboard are Russian Yuri Malenchenko, Timothy Kopra of NASA & Briton Timothy Peake, representing the European Space Agency.

p>Malenchenko docked the ship on manual controls after automatic docking was aborted for an unspecified reason.

The trio will spend six months aboard the space outpost. Already aboard are Russians Sergey Volkov & Mikhail Korniyenko, along with American Scott Kelly. The latter two have been on the space station since March & are on a year-long mission.

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A Russian space capsule carrying three astronauts from the United States, Britain & Russia has blasted off for the International Space Station.

The Soyuz capsule is scheduled to dock with the orbiting laboratory at 8:23 p.m. Moscow time (1723 GMT) Tuesday, approximately six-and-a-half hours after it lifted off from the Russian manned space launch facility on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

The launch went off with no reported problems & the capsule entered orbit approximately nine minutes after liftoff, at an altitude of approximately 125 miles (212 kilometers).

Aboard are Russian Yuri Malenchenko, Timothy Kopra of NASA & Briton Timothy Peake, representing the European Space Agency.

The mission is to spend six months aboard the space station. Already aboard are Russians Sergey Volkov & Mikhail Korniyenko, along with American Scott Kelly. The latter two have been on the space station since March & are on a year-long mission.

Source: “Associated Press”