Mar. 28 - The Soyuz and its three crew members arrive trouble-free at the International Space Station, and were welcomed by fellow cosmonauts. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Hugs in space.
A three-man crew arrives late, but trouble-free at the International Space Station.
The Soyuz, carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut, made a belated arrival at the International Space Station on Thursday (March 27), returning the orbital outpost to full staff.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson blasted off aboard the Russian rocket two days ago from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
They had expected to reach the station, a $100 billion research complex that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, six hours later.
But about two hours after launch, the crew's Soyuz capsule failed to fire its maneuvering engines as planned, forcing a delay to the next station docking opportunity on Thursday.
The crew's prolonged journey ended at 7:53 p.m. EDT (2353 GMT) as the Soyuz slipped into a berthing port on the station's Poisk module.