A Soyuz space capsule carrying two Russians and an American has docked with the International Space Station.
U.S. astronaut Jeff Williams and cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trip to the space station took around six hours.
The crew is beginning a six-month mission aboard the $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.
Jeff Williams, veteran of a shuttle flight in 2000 and two six-month stays aboard the station in 2006 and 2009-10, will set a new NASA record for total time aloft — 534 days — when he returns to Earth Sept. 6
Russian Gennady Padalka holds the world record at 878.