Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New crew nears the International Space Station

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Three astronauts are preparing to dock at the International Space Station to conclude a two-day trip from Kazakhstan.

Click here to open a NASA TV video player and watch live coverage of the docking slated for 5:54 p.m. Eastern time. The coverage begins at 5:30 p.m.

NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi plan to increase the station's crew to five people.

Already on board are fellow Expedition 22 crew members NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev.

The three newcomers are flying in the Russian Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft. Check out video of their Sunday afternoon launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome here.

After a successful docking, they plan to open hatches between the two vehicles and hold a welcome ceremony at 7:35 p.m.

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