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[b]Soyuz TMA-04M docks with the space station[/b]
Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin and Joe Acaba docked their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft at the International Space Station's (ISS) Poisk mini-research module at 11:36 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 16 (0436 GMT May 17) while flying over the Mongolian-Kazakh border 250 miles below.
After the hatches between the Soyuz and space station were opened, Expedition 31 commander Oleg Kononenko and flight engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers welcomed the three new flight engineers aboard for their four-month stay on the complex.
This marks Padalka's third visit to the station, after commanding Expeditions 9 and 19/20, and Acaba's second, after helping to deliver the complex's final set of solar arrays during the STS-119 mission in 2009. This is Revin's first spaceflight.
The TMA-04M docking coincided with Acaba's 45th birthday. He was born on May 17, 1967.
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