The spacecraft carrying Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield and two other astronauts was successfully docked at the International Space Station’s Rassvet module on Friday morning.
Hadfield, along with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and American astronaut Tom Marshburn, blasted off on the Soyuz capsule Dec. 19. Upon arrival at the ISS at 11:37 a.m. EST, they were welcomed by the current ISS Commander Kevin Ford.
The Soyuz will be used again by Commander Ford and his two crew members in March to travel back to Earth, at which point Hadfield will become the commander of the orbiting laboratory. He will be the first Canadian to assume command of the station.
Hadfield’s mission aboard the ISS will last for five months. During that time, he will carry out scientific experiments, including research into the dangers of radiation exposure during space missions and operating Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm.
Hadfield last visited the ISS in 2001, when he helped install the Canadarm2.
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