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Soyuz spacecraft carrying one American, two Russians docks with ISS: Nasa TV

world Updated: Oct 21, 2016 18:26 IST
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The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the crew of Shane Kimbrough of the US, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Wednesday(Reuters )

Two days after blasting off from Kazakhstan, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts docked with the International Space Station on Friday, Nasa TV reported.

The spaceship with Nasa’s Shane Kimbrough and Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko on board blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan two days ago and completed the docking manoeuvre at 0952 GMT on Friday.

The trio has joined three other ISS crew members - Kate Rubins of Nasa, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - who have manned the station since July and are due to return to Earth on October 29.

Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko’s Expedition 49-50 mission will last until February.

The next Soyuz mission is set to blast off to the station, which orbits about 400km above Earth, on November 16.

Nasa hopes to resume flying station crewmembers from the United States in 2018 aboard capsules under development by Boeing Co and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.