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Soyuz Docks At Space Station

Tracy Caldwell Dyson consults with her Russian shipmate Alexander Skvortsov before the Soyuz lift-off on April 2.
A Russian space official says a Soyuz craft carrying a female American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts has docked successfully at the International Space Station.

Russia's Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin says the spacecraft hooked up with the orbiting station using an automatic docking system.

The Soyuz launched on April 2 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

American Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are joining the station's three current inhabitants. Within three days, the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery is expected to dock at the station.

Compiled from agency reports