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Soyuz TMA-17 arrived to the ISS. / December 23, 2009 /

Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft on the night of Wednesday 23 December, automatically docked to the International Space Station (ISS). According to Interfax, the crew opened the hatches and went to the ISS.

«Union» delivered to the ISS Russians Oleg Kotov, Japanese copulation Noguchi and NASA astronaut Timothy Creamer. The expedition will spend 162 days on the station for which the astronauts have to spend several dozen scientific experiments to commit one way out into open space, as well as the adoption of three cargo spacecraft «Progress» and two American space shuttle.

Arriving on board the «Union», the astronauts will join the already working on orbit rossiyaninu Maxim Suraevu and American Jeffrey Williams. Notably, Kotov and Noguchi had already flown to the ISS, while for Cremer this will be the first visit to the space station.

Soyuz TMA-17 "went to the ISS from Baikonur on December 21, 2009 at 0:52 Moscow time.

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