Soyuz Capsule Docks With Space Station

By  //  March 28, 2015

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on yearlong tour

LIVE STREAM: Watch the replay of the docking of the Soyuz Capsule with the International Space Station at 9:36 p.m. on Friday night.

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia docked with the International Space Station at 9:36 p.m. on Friday night.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend about a year living and working aboard the space station to help scientists better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space.

Launching with Kelly and Kornienko was cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will spend a standard six-month rotation on the station.

The trio is scheduled to dock with the station at 9:36 p.m., about six hours after launch.

Charles Bolden
Charles Bolden

“Scott Kelly’s mission is critical to advancing the administration’s plan to send humans on a journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. 

“We’ll gain new, detailed insights on the ways long-duration spaceflight affects the human body.”

Hatches are scheduled to open at about 11:15 p.m., with coverage starting at 10:45 p.m.