International crew of three reaches orbiting space station

By REUTERS
December 21, 2012 22:20

 
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CAPE CANAVERAL - A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying a multinational crew of three arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for a Canadian for the first time to take command of the orbital research base.

The spacecraft carrying Chris Hadfield from the Canadian Space Agency, NASA's Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko blasted off from Kazakhstan's Biakonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday and parked at the station's Rassvet docking module at 9:09 a.m. EST (1409 GMT) as the ships sailed 255 miles (410 km) above northern Kazakhstan.

"The Soyuz sleigh has pulled into port at the International Space Station with a holiday gift of three new crew members," said NASA mission commentator Rob Navias.

The trio joined station commander Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeni Tarelkin, who are two months into a planned six-month mission.

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