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Russian Soyuz space capsule docks at International Space Station


July 17, 2012 - International Space Station

The three astronauts who have left to the International Space Station a couple of days ago have successfully docked their Russian Soyuz space capsule early Tuesday for a four month stay. The spacecraft was launched into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

According to NASA, 46-year-old NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide arrived at the ISS at 12:51 EDT. They have joined the current station residents Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin and will stay at the ISS for the next four-months. Sunita Williams will take over as commander of Expedition 33.

Mike Surber, director of NASA operations in Russia said: "Congratulations to our crew and to our Russian partners. It's a very exciting day as it's the 37th anniversary of the handshake between our two countries during Apollo-Soyuz. And here's (hoping) for 37 more years."

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