Soyuz craft docks successfully with space station
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012 6:41AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:42PM EDT
A trio of astronauts travelling onboard a Russian-made Soyuz capsule has reached the International Space Station, two days after launching from the Baikonur cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan.
NASA astronaut Suni Williams, veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide of Japan docked Tuesday slightly ahead of schedule at 08:51 a.m. Moscow time. They will work at the orbiting laboratory until November.
They join current station residents -- Russians Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, and U. S. astronaut Joe Acaba.
The station, which orbits up to 410 kilometres above the Earth, is due to handle an unprecedented level of traffic.
Japan's HTV3 cargo ship will reach the station next week, the first of nine craft due to make contact with the orbiting satellite over a 17-day period.