NASA TV footage confirmed the Soyuz MS-07 capsule containing Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company dock on the ISS at 0839 GMT following a two-day flight.
A NASA TV commentator hailed the “textbook arrival” of the trio on the orbital lab positioned greater than 250 miles above “the boot of Italy” on the time of contact.
In a press release, Roscosmos additionally confirmed that the Soyuz MS-07 had “efficiently docked” on the ISS.
The house travellers who blasted off from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in freezing situations Sunday will now be part of Russia’s Alexander Misurkin and NASA pair Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba at the moment aboard the ISS.
Each Tingle, 52, and Kanai, 40, are in house for the primary time however flight commander Shkaplerov, 43, is an skilled hand.
The previous Russian navy pilot has spent precisely a 12 months in house over two missions and can mark his birthday in orbit for the third time in February subsequent 12 months.
Kanai is the youngest astronaut within the historical past of the Japanese house company, and the final of a trio of Japanese astronauts who had been licensed for journey to the ISS again in 2011.
US Navy captain Tingle is a graduate of Purdue College in Indiana, which additionally counts house legend Neil Armstrong amongst its alumni.
Whereas most flights to the ISS now take round six hours, the trio took the extra circuitous two-day route as a result of lab’s place in house on the time of the launch.
Tuesday’s docking marks a immediate crew rotation after Sergei Ryazansky of Roscosmos, NASA’s Randy Bresnik and European House Company astronaut Paolo Nespoli returned to Earth Thursday.
NASA stopped its personal manned launches to the ISS in 2011 however lately moved to extend the crew complement on the US part of the ISS to 4 because the Russians reduce theirs to 2 in a cost-saving measure introduced final 12 months.
The ISS laboratory, a uncommon instance of American and Russian cooperation, has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres per hour since 1998.
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