Soyuz takes 'shortcut route' to ISS

2014-05-29 07:37
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Moscow - A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man crew docked successfully at the International Space Station on Thursday following a flawless launch.

The Soyuz craft, carrying Nasa's Reid Wiseman, Russian cosmonaut Max Surayev and German Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency arrived at the station at 05:44 (01:44 GMT). They lifted off just less than six hours earlier from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Mission Control in Moscow congratulated the trio on a successful docking.

They are joining two Russians and an American who have been at the station since March.

The Russian and US space agencies have continued to co-operate despite friction between the two countries over Ukraine. Nasa depends on the Russian spacecraft to ferry crews to the space station and pays Russia nearly $71m per seat.

Until last year, Russian spacecraft used to travel two days to reach the station, and this will be only the fifth time that a crew has taken the six-hour "fast-track" route.

After the previous launch, in March, the crew ended up taking the longer route because of a software glitch.

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