The International Space Station greeted three new members on Wednesday as 'Expedition 53' successfully docked just six hours after take-off. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday (September 13), about six hours after their Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and flight engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA lifted off from the Baikonr Cosmodrome at 3:17 a.m. local time on Wednesday (2117 GMT / 1717 EDT on Tuesday). Their spacecraft docked about six hours later aboard the International Space Station. The crew successfully performed a fast-track transit to the station, which orbits about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, to begin a five-month mission.