BAIKONUR, November 24. /TASS/. Russia’s manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-15M with an international crew on board has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), the Baikonur space center, where the Soyuz had been launched from, told TASS.
“The spacecraft berthed to the docking unit of the Rassvet (MIM-1) module in an automatic mode at 05:48 Moscow Time [02:48 UTC],” the center said.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev, Yelena Serova and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, on the ISS since September, are meeting the new crew consisting of Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, American Terry Virts and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
The hatches between the docked Soyuz and the space station will be opened Monday at 07:30-08:00 a.m. Moscow Time, the Moscow Region-based Mission Control Center told TASS.