Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Soyuz docks with ISS

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked with the International Space Station today, bringing a crew of three astronauts with it.

Russian cosmonaut Russian Oleg Kotov, NASA's Timothy Creamer and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will join Maxim Surayev and Jeffrey Williams already working at the space station.

That brings the ISS crew to five. Since May, the ISS has been ready for a crew of six, but so far, given repeated problems with the plumbing, astronauts have been taking it slow.

The station has so far housed as many as 13 astronauts and several space tourists. In January 2009, Russian space officials said they would cease tourist visits to ISS, but in October they proposed sending them up two-at-a-time beginning in 2012.

Whatever the case, hopefully future tourists will bring their own TP.

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