Washington: A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) Friday morning after a two-day flight.
The Soyuz TMA-18M capsule, which blasted off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying Russia's Sergei Volkov, Denmark's Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov docked to the space station’s Poisk module at 3:39 a.m. EDT, above eastern Kazakhstan, according to NASA.
The arrival of Volkov, Mogensen and Aimbetov brings the number of crew on the orbiting outpost to nine for the first time since November 2013.
Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos, as well as Flight Engineers Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos, and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) welcomed the new crew members aboard their orbital home.
The crew will support several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science - research that impacts life on Earth.