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Sunday 23 July 2017

Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station

The Soyuz rocket booster blasted off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (AP)
The Soyuz rocket booster blasted off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (AP)

A Soyuz space capsule has delivered astronauts from Russia and the US to the International Space Station after a two-day voyage.

The docking took place smoothly and the crew entered the space laboratory after a lengthy procedure to open its hatches.

The new arrivals on a four-month mission are two cosmonauts from the Russian space agency Roscosmos - Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko - and Nasa astronaut Shane Kimbrough.

They are joining American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who were already aboard the space station.

The crew also delivered the relics of Seraphim of Sarov, an 18th century saint, provided by the Russian Orthodox Church.

The capsule blasted off from Russia's manned space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.

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