Busy Space Station: 3 Soyuz Now Docked to ISS

Article written: 2 Oct , 2009
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

The International Space Station is taking on the look and feel of a busy space way station, with three Soyuz now docked and a current crew count of nine. Expedition 21 Flight Engineers Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev along with spaceflight participant Guy Laliberté arrived at the ISS, docking their Soyuz TMA-16 to the aft end of the Zvezda service module at 4:35 a.m. EDT Friday. Williams and Suraev are relieving Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt who will depart on Oct. 10 along with the Canadian visitor, Laliberté (the one with the clown nose, below). Watch the docking video below, along with another video of the hatch opening and the new crew members entering the station.


3 Responses

  1. Spoodle58 says


    I like it when it gets busy up there.

    Feels more like 2009 that way.

  2. Jon Hanford says

    Thanks for posting the approach and docking sequences as I awoke just a few minutes too late to partake in watching the televised event live. Congrats to all involved.

  3. Kevin F. says

    A busy space station is a worth-the-wait space station.

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