Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft docks with International Space Station

Russia’s Soyuz TMA-02M manned spacecraft, launched from the Baikonur space center on June 8, has docked with the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Mission Control said on Friday.

The spacecraft docked with the station’s Pirs module in an automatic mode, bringing to the station Expedition 29 that consists of Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA’s astronaut Mike Fossum, and Japan’s astronaut Satoshi Furukawa.

The new crew will join the ISS Expedition 28 consisting of Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev and NASA’s astronaut Ronald Garan.

The Expedition 29 will spend 162 days on board of the ISS. They are scheduled to make one spacewalk, receive the last U.S. shuttle, unload four Progress space freighters and undock Europe’s ATV-2 Johannes Kepler space freighter.

MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) 

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