Soyuz carrying U.S., Russian astronauts and 32 fish docks with ISS
The Soyuz rocket launches to the International Space Station in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, October 23, 2012. (NASA,Bill Ingalls)
Published Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:30AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:16AM EDT
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts and a consignment of fish has successfully docked with the International Space Station after a two-day voyage.
The arrival of NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russians Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin on Thursday will bring to six the size of the crew at the orbiting outpost.
The trio blasted off Tuesday from a Russian-leased facility in the southern Kazakhstan town of Baikonur.
Cargo on the Soyuz includes 32 Guppy-like fish that will be used to test how conditions in space impact on living organisms.
A spacewalk to repair a minor ammonia leak from the station's temperature control system is planned for the coming days.
Another task for the incoming crew's first week in orbit will be the departure of a commercial Dragon cargo vehicle.