Americans, Russian dock with International Space Station

International Space Station

"Spacecraft Soyuz MS-06 will approach the ISS using a short six-hour rendezvous capability".

For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space.

The capsule blasted off from the Russian manned space launch facility in Kazakhstan on Wednesday morning and docked with the orbiting laboratory about five and a half hours later.

NASA TV commentator Rob Navias said during the launch: "A series of burns over the next several hours will gradually raise their orbit as they chase down the space station".

Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos will launch Tuesday night to the International Space Station. REUTERS//Maxim Shipenkov/PoolThe Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft carrying the crew of Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei of the USA, and Alexander Misurkin of Russian Federation blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan September 13, 2017.

Misurkin, Vande Hei and Acaba have joined NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russia's Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency who have been aboard the orbital outpost since July.

They will serve as members of Expeditions 53 and 54 during their stay.

Mr Misurkin served as a flight engineer during Expedition 35/36 in 2013, and Mr Acaba was a flight engineer for Expedition 31/32 in 2012.

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