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Sunday 18 August 2019

Russian capsule carrying three astronauts docks with space station

The Soyuz capsule docked just six hours and 20 minutes after blasting off from Russia’s launch complex in Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-13 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-13 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has docked with the International Space Station after a fast-track trip to the orbiting laboratory.

The Soyuz capsule docked just six hours and 20 minutes after blasting off from Russia’s launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

The launch took place on the 50th anniversary of the day US astronauts landed on the moon.

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The Russian rocket is carrying US astronaut Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

The capsule is carrying Andrew Morgan of the United States on his first spaceflight, Russian Alexander Skvortsov on his third mission to the space station and Italian Luca Parmitano.

They will join Russian Alexey Ovchinin and Americans Nick Hague and Christina Koch have been aboard since March.

The crew patch for the expedition echoes the one from Apollo 11’s 1969 lunar mission.

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