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New Crew Arrives At International Space Station

Three more astronauts join the International Space Station. PHOTO: NASA

A trio of astronauts arrived at the International Space Station Tuesday, six hours after blasting off from earth.

The Russian capsule orbited the Earth four times before meeting up with the International Space Station and it was no ordinary docking.

A radar system that assists the crew in joining the ISS failed, forcing Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko to manually pilot the capsule.

Along with Malenchenko is American Astronaut Tim Kopra and British astronaut Tim Peak. Peak is the UK’s first astronaut on board the station.

The trio join three other astronauts, including American Scott Kelly. He’s spending a year in space to help NASA plan for long-duration missions in the future – like one to Mars.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »