With the Soyuz capsule docking successfully at the International Space Station early on Thursday, the crew at the orbiting laboratory grew to six. The three astronauts, one from America and two from Russia traveled six hours from the launch-pad that was released from Kazakhstan before they could link up with the Russian Poisk module at the space station at 6:45 am Moscow time.
Astronauts were two hours late
The three astronauts, Michael Hopkins from the United States and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky managed to enter the orbiting station only after a two hour delay, where they were welcomed by Fyodor Yurchikhin from Russia, Karen Nyberg from NASA and Luca Parmitano from Italy. Off the three recent entrants to the ISS, only Kotov is experienced whereas the other two are on their first mission.
The crew is on a six-month space mission whose highlight is a spacewalk with the Olympic torch. Luca Parmitano, who has been orbiting the earth since May, is set to return to the planet in November.