New crew enters ISS after Soyuz docking

Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying three crewmembers docked with the Rassvet small research module onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, just six hours after its lift-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying three crewmembers docked with the Rassvet small research module onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, just six hours after its lift-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The new crewmembers have already entered the ISS.

"The crews of the ISS and the Soyuz spacecraft have met," a spokesman for Russia's Mission Control Center told Interfax-AVN.

The newly arrived 40th/41st ISS Expedition includes Russia's Maxim Surayev, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov (Russia), as well as Steven Swanson (U.S.) are currently working onboard the station.

During their 167-day ISS mission, the members of the 40th/41st Expedition will see the arrival of three U.S. Dragon and Cygnus re-supply ships, two Russian Progress cargo carriers and Europe's ATV-5. Wiseman and Gerst will perform two spacewalks, while Surayev will conduct one spacewalk.

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