May 29 - A multinational crew docks with and boards the International Space Station amidst growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Leaving politics behind, a veteran Russian cosmonaut and a pair of rookie astronauts from the United States and Germany blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (May 28) for a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. The crew's Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off at 3:57 p.m. EDT (1957 GMT) and headed into orbit, a live broadcast on NASA Television showed. Less than six hours after lift off, the crew reached the station, a $100 billion research laboratory as it flew about 418 kilometres (260 miles) above the Pacific Ocean west of Peru. The Soyuz slipped into a berthing port on the station's Rassvet module at 9:44 p.m. EDT/0144 GMT. The station, a project of 15 nations, is overseen by the United States and Russia.