A replay of the 23 July docking of the Expedition 44 Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station.
The Soyuz spacecraft ferried Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and flight engineers Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui to the ISS in just six hours after being launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The International Space Station crew moved into the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station as a precautionary move. There was a bit of space debris in the vicinity. The debris, reportedly a piece of an old Russian weather observation satellite passed safely by the station and just minutes ago (about 12:05) was given the “All Clear”.
The crew is now in the process of opening hatches and getting back to work.
Samantha Cristoforetti is all smiles on her return to Earth. I enjoyed following her activities during her stay aboard the ISS.
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed safely on 11 June 2015 in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex.
Terry Virtz, Anton Shkaplerov, and Samantha Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews.
The International Space Station has three cargo ships docked to it. Two of the ships are being prepared for departure.
The SpaceX Dragon ship, currently being loaded with research and gear will leave the ISS on 10 February. The Dragon will be detached from the Harmony module where it is berthed at the ISS by the Canadarm2. The Dragon will re-enter the atmosphere and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California where it will be retrieved.
The other ship, Europe’s ATV-5 (Automated Transfer Vehicle 5) is being turned into something of a garbage scow. The ATV-5 is being laden with rubbish and unwanted cast off gear and it is scheduled for departure on 14 February. The last ATV resupply ship from Europe will deorbit and incinerate on atmospheric re-entry not long after leaving the station.
A few days after the ATV-5 ends its mission a new cargo ship will launch to the station. This one is a new ISS Progress 58 will leave the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 17 February. The trip up should only take six hours and the ship will dock to the Zvezda module.