Soyuz rocket makes an 'express delivery' to the ISS

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Soyuz rocket makes an 'express delivery' to the ISS

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A Russian Soyuz capsule has successfully docked with the international space station.

The complex manoeuvre came after a journey of less than six hours. Since scientists worked out a new faster trajectory, the normally two-day trip is now completed in a fraction of the time.

The aim of the rocket launch which blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was to deliver three new crew members to the Space Station.

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy are joining three other crew members already on board the station.

One of their tasks will be to take an unlighted Olympic torch on a spacewalk to promote the Sochi Winter Games in Russia which begin in February 2014.