Space Travelers Arrive at Station after Two-Day Trip

Expedition 54 Crew Members
Expedition 54 crew members (from left) Norishige Kanai, Anton Shkaplerov and Scott Tingle pose in front of the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft that would launch them into a space a few days later.

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA’s Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency docked to the International Space Station at 3:39 a.m. EST while both spacecraft were flying about 250 miles over the southern coast of Italy commonly referred to as the “boot.”

Aboard the space station, Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and his crewmates, Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA, will welcome the new crew members when the hatches between the two spacecraft are opened following standard pressurization and leak checks.

Watch the hatch opening targeted for 5:35 a.m. and welcome ceremony to follow live on NASA TV beginning at 5 a.m. on the agency’s website.

For live coverage and more information about the mission, visit: www.nasa.gov/station. Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram at: @iss and on Twitter @Space_Station and @ISS_Research.

 

3 thoughts on “Space Travelers Arrive at Station after Two-Day Trip”

  1. They made it!!! Way to go Tingle, Shkaplerov, and Kanai! Any reason the docking approach was two days? I thought we had those down to six hours.

  2. Hi I live in London England could you tell me the time difference thank you I would like to watch live at 5am but don’t know time difference to wear I live

  3. Increasing space population to SIX is very encouraging, progressive and hopefully fruit bearing. We hope this strength will further increase and a time will come when SPACE will become a second home of Humanity.

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