WATCH: A U.S.-Russian space crew successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on September 26, after a minor technical problem that briefly threatened to delay their arrival. Barry 'Butch' Wilmore, Alexander Samokutyaev, and Elena Serova - the first Russian woman to live on the ISS - will spend 170 days on board. U.S.-Russia cooperation at the ISS has continued despite bilateral political tension over the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters)
A three-person U.S.-Russian crew has docked with the International Space Station.
Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Samokuyaev and Elena Serova, and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan late on September 25 and arrived some six hours later at the ISS early on September 26.
Russia's Energia Rocket and Space Corporation reported one of solar batteries suffered a malfunction on the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft that carried the new crew to the ISS but ground controllers determined there was no need to delay docking with the station.
Serova is the first Russian woman to fly to space since 1997.
She, Samokuyaev and Wilmore will join Maksim Suraev, Gregory Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst who have been working on the ISS since May.