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[b]Soyuz TMA-22 docks with the space station[/b]
Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank docked their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft at the International Space Station's Poisk mini-research module at 11:24 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 15 (0524 GMT Nov. 16), nine minutes earlier than scheduled.
After the hatches between the Soyuz and station were opened at 1:39 a.m. CST, Expedition 29 commander Mike Fossum and flight engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov welcomed the new flight engineers aboard for their four-month stay on the complex.
The six station crew members will have just under a week together as the Expedition 29 crew before Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov head home Monday aboard the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft that brought them to the station June 9. Their departure will mark the beginning of Expedition 30, under the command of Burbank.
A formal change-of-command ceremony is planned for Sunday.
Three more flight engineers – Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers – are scheduled to launch to the station Dec. 21.
Burbank is making his third visit to the station. His previous two visits were both on space shuttle Atlantis. During the STS-106 mission in September 2000, he helped prepare the station for its first permanent crew. During STS-115 in September 2006, he conducted a 7-hour, 11-minute spacewalk that completed truss installation, activated the solar alpha rotary joint and enabled the solar arrays to be deployed.
This is the first spaceflight for both Shkaplerov and Ivanishin.
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