Russian capsule carrying 3 springs with space station.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP). A Russian space capsule with three astronauts on board was docked to the International Space Station after a trip down the fast track to the orbiting lab.

The Soyuz capsule was docked at 22:48 GMT on Saturday, just six hours and 20 minutes after taking off from the Russian launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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

The capsule takes to Andrew Morgan of the United States in his first space flight, to the Russian Alexander Skvortsov in his third mission to the space station and to the Italian Luca Parmitano.

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

The crew patch for the expedition echoes that of the 1969 lunar mission of Apollo 11.


This story has been corrected to show the surname of the Russian cosmonaut in space, since March is Ovchinin, not Ovechkin.

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