Soyuz TMA-O1M approaches International Space
Station for docking. Photo Credit/NASA TV
The Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft carrying Russians Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka and American Scott Kelly docked smoothly with the International Space Station late on Oct. 9, restoring the orbital lab to a full complement of six crew members.
The linkup with the Poisk module unfolded with the Soyuz spacecraft, its avionics upgraded to digital components for the first time, in the automated mode at 8:01 p.m., EDT.
The newcomers joined the station’s Expedition 25 crew, Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker, of NASA, and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.
The TMA-OM1 and its crew began their six-month mission early on Oct. 8, local time, when their Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Oct. 9 docking restored the station to six crew members for the first time since Sept. 25, when the Soyuz-TMA-18 descended to Earth with two Russians and an American.
The count is scheduled to hold at six until Nov. 30, when Wheelock, Walker and Yurchikhin are to depart for Earth in their Soyuz TMA-19 capsule.
At that time, Wheelock will relinquish command to Kelly.