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Busy Space Station: 3 Soyuz Now Docked to ISS

Published by Matt on Sun Oct 4, 2009 5:44 pm via: source
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Written by Nancy Atkinso

The International Space Station is taking on the look and feel of a busy space way station, with three Soyuz now docked and a current crew count of nine. Expedition 21 Flight Engineers Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev along with spaceflight participant Guy Laliberté arrived at the ISS, docking their Soyuz TMA-16 to the aft end of the Zvezda service module at 4:35 a.m. EDT Friday.

One of three Soyuz docked to ISS. Credit: NASA

One of three Soyuz docked to ISS. Credit: NASA

Williams and Suraev are relieving Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt who will depart on Oct. 10 along with the Canadian visitor, Laliberté (the one with the clown nose, below). Watch the docking video below, along with another video of the hatch opening and the new crew members entering the station.

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