A Soyuz capsule carrying two Americans and a Russian cosmonaut has docked with the International Space Station.
The docking at 10:40 p.m. (1940 GMT) Friday came two days after the capsule blasted off from Russia's manned space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.
LIFTOFF! NASA astronauts Drew Feustel (@astro_feustel) and Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev (@Olegmks) of Roscosmos left Earth at 1:14 EDT to head toward the International Space Station (@iss).After a two-day flight, the new crew members will dock to the station’s docking module on Friday, March 23 and the new residents will begin their mission! There are currently three people living on the space station, soon to be joined by the three crew members that launched today. While living aboard humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory, they will work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky #nasa #space #spacestation #liftoff #launch #rocket #crew #astronaut #spacecraft #orbit #earth #research #science #launch #picoftheday
After the long procedure to open the hatches between the Soyuz and the space station, the trio will join station residents Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The new crew will spend about five months on the space station.