MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. The crew of the Russian Soyuz TMA-16M spaceship has successfully re-docked the spacecraft from the Poisk module of the International Space Station (ISS) to the Zvezda module, Russia's Mission Control Center said on Friday.
The re-docking operation was carried out with the assistance of specialists from the Mission Control Center near Moscow and broadcast on the website of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).
"The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft was re-docked from the docking port of the Poisk small research module to the docking port of the Zvezda service module by the crew comprising Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Korniyenko and Scott Kelly in the manual mode," Mission Control said.
The transfer hatches between the spaceship and the ISS were closed at 07:00 Moscow time (04:00 GMT) and the crew started the re-docking operation at 10:11 Moscow time (07:11 GMT), after which the spacecraft successfully docked with the Zvezda module.
Now the docking port of the Poisk small research module is ready to receive Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft scheduled to take off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on September 2. The spacecraft will deliver Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, European astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstani cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov to the ISS.
The current crew of the International Space Station comprises Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Korniyenko and Oleg Kononenko, US astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui.
The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft took off from the Baikonur space center on March 27 and docked with the ISS on March 28.