Saturday, April 03, 2010

Soyuz spacecraft headed to ISS

A Soyuz spacecraft is chasing the International Space Station tonight headed for an early Easter morning docking.

The Soyuz is carrying three new station crew members: U.S. Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a former shuttle pilot, and Russian Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko.

They blasted off early Friday from Russia's storied Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. The trio are due to dock at the station about 1:26 a.m. Sunday.

Watch the docking live here by clicking on the NASA TV box to the right to launch the video player. NASA TV will begin live coverage at 1 a.m.

The Soyuz crew are planning to live on the station until mid-September.

The docking will happen on the eve of the launch of space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven. Discovery is set to blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 a.m. Monday, headed to the space station.

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