2 Americans, Russian dock with International Space Station

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2 Americans, Russian dock with International Space Station
2 Americans, Russian dock with International Space Station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) – A Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has docked with the International Space Station.

The capsule blasted off from the Russian manned space launch facility in Kazakhstan and docked with the orbiting laboratory about five and a half hours later at 0255 GMT Wednesday.

Tests and opening of the hatches was expected to take about 90 minutes before the capsule can enter the space station.

Joe Acaba of NASA is making his third trip into space and Russian Alexander Misurkin his second. It’s the first voyage for American Mark Vande Hei. All are to stay on the space station about 5 1/2 months.

They will join Russia’s Sergey Ryazanskiy, American Randy Bresnik and Italy’s Paolo Nespoli, who have been aboard the station since late July.

In this photo taken with long time exposure the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The Russian rocket carries Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba and Mark Vande Hei. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
U.S. astronaut Joseph Acaba, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, gestures to his relatives from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
U.S. astronaut Mark Vande Hei, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures to his relatives from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, bottom, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba, centre, and Mark Vande Hei, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, wave near the rocket prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Maxim Shipenkov, Pool via AP)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The Russian rocket carries Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba and Mark Vande Hei. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The Russian rocket carries Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba and Mark Vande Hei. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Journalist takes photos of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasting off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. A Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia’s manned launch facility in Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
In this photo taken with long time exposure the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. A Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia’s manned launch facility in Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
A jerboa stands near the launch pad a few hours before the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Journalist takes photos of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasting off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. A Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia’s manned launch facility in Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. A Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia’s manned launch facility in Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia’s manned launch facility in Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia’s manned launch facility in Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
U.S. astronaut Mark Vande Hei, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures to his relatives from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, left and U.S. astronaut Joseph Acaba, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, gesture prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, center, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba, left, and Mark Vande Hei, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk to report to members of the State Committee prior the launch of Soyuz MS-06 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
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