Soyuz TMA-16M arrives at International Space Station

Following a six hour four orbit chase of the International Space Station (ISS) which began with a picture perfect launch this afternoon the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft completed it’s journey with a successful docking.

The crews then performed leak checks to ensure the vehicles were correctly linked before opening the hatches allowing Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Korniyenko and Scott Kelly to return to the station they have all spent time on board before.

The crew then completed the traditional call back to their family and friends before settling in for their first night aboard the ISS.

While the crew members where travelling to the station another Soyuz rocket lifted off from French Guiana delivery two more Galileo satellites for Europe, full story can be found here.

Below is the hatch opening and welcome call video


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