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Russian spacecraft docks at orbiting station flawlessly

Russian spacecraft docks at orbiting station flawlessly

A U.S.-Russian space team sent their Easter greetings down to Earth yesterday after their Soyuz spacecraft docked flawlessly at the International Space Station.
"Happy Easter to you all," Souyz captain Russian Alexander Skvortsov said in a broadcast from the station shortly after the ship hooked up with the orbiting station using an automatic docking system.
His teammates, California native Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian Mikhail Kornienko joined him in greeting the world's Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox Christians who celebrate their belief in Jesus' resurrection on the same day this year because of a coincidence in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
The docking finished at 9:26 a.m. Moscow time. The Soyuz was launched Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and the three joined the station's current inhabitants, U.S. astronaut Timothy J. Creamer, Soichi Noguchi of Japan and Russia's Oleg Kotov.
Within three days, a seven-person crew aboard the Shuttle Discovery will dock at the station for a 13-day mission. During this period, four women will be in space at the same time, which is a first in history.


Updated : 2021-03-05 15:28 GMT+08:00