“For the second time in the International Space Station’s history, the three crew members will arrive to the orbiting outpost the same day they launched into orbit. Typically, it takes two days for the Soyuz to catch up to and rendezvous with the space station. Nyberg and her crewmates will make that trip in an expedited, four-orbit maneuver. The procedure has been successful with several uncrewed Progress cargo vehicles, and the current crew aboard the orbital laboratory became the first astronauts to perform this maneuver when they launched and docked March 28.”
A Soyuz rocket with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Karen Nyberg of NASA, onboard, launched yesterday (May 28, 2013) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.
Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano will remain aboard the station until mid-November, 2013.
Karen Nyberg, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano joined their Expedition 36 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft and the ISS officially opened at 12:14 a.m. EDT Wednesday.
Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA, who arrived at the station on March 28, welcomed the new crew members aboard their orbital home.