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Soyuz TMA-09M crew launches and docks to space station on same day
[i]The International Space Station received an express delivery of three new crew members Tuesday evening (May 28), a Russian, an American and an Italian, as their spacecraft docked to the orbiting laboratory less than six hours after their departure from Earth.
Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos commanded the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft that flew NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano with the European Space Agency to join the station's 36th expedition. The orbital complex has been continuously manned with a resident crew of two to six astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.
The trio launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:31 p.m. CDT (2031 GMT; 2:31 a.m. local May 29), lighting up the night sky over Kazakhstan. They docked to the space station's Rassvet mini-research module at 9:10 p.m. CDT (0210 GMT May 29).[/i]
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