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Christmas in space


A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts from America, Russia and Japan has docked successfully at the International Space Station.

The ISS is the biggest orbiting outpost ever built. It consists of 11 modules built by the US, Russia, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency.

The visitors ensured the festive season will not be forgotten arriving with a sackful of presents from Santa.

The Soyuz TMA-17, launched from Kazakhstan on Monday, docked at 0148 Moscow time in the early hours of Wednesday.

Welcoming the new crew was station commander Jeff Williams and flight engineer Maxim Suraev who have both been in orbit since September 30.

The station is set to become even bigger in the New Year with another living quarters module being added and an Italian-built cupola with a seven window viewing area.

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