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Updated: April 4, 2010 18:43 IST

Russian spacecraft docks at space station

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This image provided by NASA shows the view from an external camera aboard the Soyuz
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This image provided by NASA shows the view from an external camera aboard the Soyuz "TMA-18" capsule as it approaches the International Space Station. The Soyuz docked at the ISS on Sunday.

A Russian space official says a Soyuz craft carrying an American and two Russian astronauts has docked successfully at the International Space Station.

Russia’s Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin says the spacecraft hooked up with the orbiting station using an automatic docking system at 9.26 am Moscow time (10.56 am IST) on Sunday.

The Soyuz was launched on Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

California native Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are joining the station’s three current inhabitants.

Within three days, a seven-person crew aboard the Shuttle Discovery will dock at the station for a 13-day mission. During this period, four women will be in space at the same time, which is a first in history.


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