Russia’s Soyuz TMA-22 piloted spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in automatic mode on Wednesday, the Mission Control said.
The docking took place at 9:24 Moscow time (5:24 GMT), nine minutes ahead of schedule.
The Soyuz TMA-22 delivered three new members to the ISS , Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin and NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank. They will replace Russian flight engineer Sergei Volkov, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, who will return to Earth on November 22.
The new crew will remain on board the station for 124 days, performing a spacewalk and conducting 37 scientific experiments.