Saturday, April 03, 2010

Soyuz docks with space station

A Soyuz spacecraft brought three new crew members to the International Space Station early this morning.

The spacecraft carrying U.S. Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a former shuttle pilot, and Russian Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko docked with the orbiting outpost at 12:25 a.m.

The trio blasted off early Friday from Russia's storied Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic.

They are planning to live on the station until mid-September.

Soon they'll be joined by the crew of space shuttle Discovery, set to blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 a.m. Monday.

At about 9:30 a.m. this morning, the Rotating Service Structure that protects the shuttle will be rolled away. Fueling will begin later tonight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't find anything on Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson being a former shuttle pilot. From what I found, she was mission specialist on STS-118.