December 9, 2013
MOSCOW (AP) — The International Space Station is a little more crowded today.
A Russian Soyuz TMA-22 capsule delivered three new residents, two Russians and an American. They moved onto the station about two hours after their capsule successfully docked.
The three newcomers were greeted with hugs and handshakes from the current crew, who have been at the station since June and are due to return to Earth next week.
The new crew is supposed to live aboard until March.
The mission's launch had been delayed for two months because of the crash of an unmanned Progress cargo ship in August. The rocket the crashed ship used had the same upper stage as the booster rockets carrying Soyuz ships into orbit. The delay cut the crew numbers to three. Another launch next month will take the station back to its normal six-person crew.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)