Russian space officials say a multinational crew has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) after a two-day voyage from Earth.
The Russian Soyuz capsule, which launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on July 14, was carrying American Sunita Williams, Japan's Akihiko Hoshide, and Russia's Yury Malenchenko.
They are to join the incumbent crew of Russians Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and American Joseph Acaba, who have been on board the oribiting laboratory since May.
The six astronauts are expected to work together on the space station through the end of September.
The Soyuz line of spacecraft is the only remaining way to transport humans to and from the space station after the U.S. space agency NASA ended its space shuttle program last year.
Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and Interfax