Three jet pilots arrive at the Worldwide Area Place beginning Wednesday (July 17) for a four-month remain, providing the large revolving about outpost returning to its complete supplement of six spaceflyers.
The Soyuz space pills holding the three new crewmembers — NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, European cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Japoneses spaceflyer Aki Hoshide — docked with the station at 12:51 a.m. EDT Wednesday (0451 GMT) after a two-day journey. The Soyuz released into orbit Weekend from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
"Everything is ideal," Malenchenko radioed Russia's Objective Management Middle in Korolev, just outside Moscow. Camcorders on the external of the place station taken amazing opinions of the Soyuz taking up to the revolving about lab with the shiny red World in the backdrop.
At docking time, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft and area place were boating 251 kilometers (402 kilometers) over east Kazakhstan. The Soyuz left itself at an Earth-facing docking slot on the station's Russian-built Rassvet component, and the hatches linking the two spacecraft were started out at 3:23 a.m. EDT (0723 GMT).
The Russian-U.S.-Japanese team onboard the Soyuz arrive at the area place 37 decades ago to the day of the first truly worldwide area docking: the September 17 meet-up between a NASA Apollo spacecraft and European Soyuz 19 pills during the Apollo-Soyuz Analyze Venture in 1975. During that ancient test journey, NASA astronaut Tom Stafford shaken arms with Communist cosmonaut Alexei Leonov to concrete the groundwork of worldwide area collaboration that eventually led to the $100 million International Space Station in orbit these days.
Today, the area place is the biggest human-built framework in area and clearly noticeable to the unaided eye from the floor to experts who know when and where to look. Twelve to fifteen different nations and five area organizations comprising the Combined Declares, Italy, European nations, North america and Asia designed the large revolving about laboratory