Friday, December 21, 2012
Soyuz TMA-27A Dcoks with ISS; Crew @6
Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-27A has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) after two days of autonomous flight in low Earth orbit. Approach to the station, its fly-around, sationkeeping and berthing were performed nominally in an automatic mode. At 18 hours 9 minutes Moscow Time, approach contact of the ISS Russian Segment Rassvet MRM1 research module docking assembly port took place.
Expedition 34 Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko and Chris Hadfield docked their Soyuz TMA-27A spacecraft to the International Space Station's Rassvet module at 9:09 a.m. EST on Friday, Decemeber 21, 2012 after spending two days in orbit.
The hatches between the Soyuz and the Rassvet module were opened at 11:37 a.m. EST and Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin welcomed their new crewmates aboard. The six-member crew took part in a welcome ceremony with family members and mission officials then participated in a safety briefing.