Russia Soyuz docks with ISS

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Mar 5, 2010
MOSCOW: Russia's Soyuz spacecraft has docked successfully at the International Space Station (ISS).

The rocket, carrying a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts, blasted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday.

The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS after the US ended its shuttle programme earlier this year.

A spokesman for the Russian space agency said the Soyuz had docked with the ISS at 09:24 Moscow time (05:24 GMT).

"Everything went ahead normally," he said.

The crew - American Dan Burbank and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin - will shortly open the hatch and join the current crew of the ISS.

American Mike Fossum, Japan's Satoshi Furukawa and Russia's Sergei Volkov are due to return to Earth in December, while the new crew members will stay until March.