Moscow : A crew of Russian, German and US astronauts docked with the International Space Station on Thursday as space cooperation between Moscow and the West continues despite their worst standoff since the Cold War, reports AFP. “At 5:44 am Moscow time (07:14 IST), the manned Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft docked successfully with the ISS,” the Russian space agency Roskosmos said in a statement.
Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev, his NASA colleague Reid Wiseman and German Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency opened the hatch into the ISS just over two hours later. They hugged the crew of three already on board the international space laboratory, US astronaut Steve Swanson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. The Soyuz craft had blasted off from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on schedule shortly before midnight Moscow time.