Friday, May 29, 2009

Soyuz Craft Docks with Space Station with Crew

Three new international crew members arrived at the space station this morning, docking with and coming aboard, to form the new Expedition 20 long duration crew.

A Russian Soyuz TMA15 spacecraft with Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk and Frank De Winne docked with the orbiting outpost at 8:34 am EDT, as the two crafts flew 217 miles high over China.

The three will join the current Expedition 19 crew of Russian commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Koichi Wakata and Mike Barratt, at about 9:45 am as the hatches open between the two crafts.

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