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Soyuz capsule docks with space station

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Friday with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six.

Tom Marshburn of the United States, Russian Roman Romanenko, and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research module.

The docking took place around 255 miles above the capital of Kazakhstan.

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Almost three hours passed before pressure was equalized between the capsule and the space station, allowing for safe entrance.

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As the hatches were unlocked, the three were was welcomed by NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian colleagues Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin. The six exchanged hugs and posed for photos as they floated in the weightless atmosphere. Minutes after entry, Hadfield could be heard saying: ‘‘I love what you’ve done with the place.’’

Associated Press