Soyuz spacecraft docks at ISS

Soyuz spacecraft docks at ISS

Russia’s spacecraft Soyuz MS-07 carrying a crew of three has docked at the International Space Station in the automatic mode, Mission Control near Moscow said.

"The Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft has successfully docked at the ISS in the automatic mode at 11:39 Moscow time," a Mission Control official said.

The Soyuz is carrying Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov and US and Japanese astronauts Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai.

Their mission in orbit is expected to last for about four months. They will receive cargo spacecraft Progress MS, Dragon and Cygnus, send back to Earth the Soyuz MS-06 descent capsule with the crew of the ISS 53/54 expedition, and welcome the next manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-08. Also, they are to stage 51 research experiments, TASS reported.

The Soyuz-FG rocket carrying the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-07 blasted off from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan at 10:21 on December 17.

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