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New crew arrives at space station

July 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM   |   Comments

GREENBELT, Md., July 17 (UPI) -- New Expedition 32 crew members arrived at the International Space Station early Tuesday after two days in orbit, NASA said.

Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide trio docked their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the Rassvet module of the ISS at 12:51 a.m. EDT, the agency reported.

They launched at 10:40 p.m. EDT Saturday from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, and are expected to live and work aboard the orbital laboratory until November.

They were welcomed aboard the ISS by station Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin.

The launch and docking of Expedition 32 coincides with the 37th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first docking of an American spacecraft with a Russian spacecraft, when an Apollo spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center and a Soyuz 7K-TM vehicle from Baikonur launched July 15, 1975, then docked two days later, NASA said.

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