NASA's Soyuz MS-22 crew ship arrives at the Rassvet module with three new crew members for a docking.
The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked at the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:06 p.m. EDT (10:06 p.m. PDT) on Wednesday, September 21.
The hatches between the International Space Station and the newly built Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft were officially opened at 3:34 p.m. EDT. The station's population now stands at ten.
Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitriy Petelin, and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio were launched on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 21, 2022. They will then proceed to the International Space Station's Rassvet module, where they will spend a six-month stay.
Frank Rubio and Roscosmonauts Dmitri Prokopyev and Denis Matveev of Roscosmos have joined Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev, as well as NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, as well as ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
As of September 21, 2022, five spaceships are docked at the space station, including the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom and Russia's Soyuz MS-21 and MS-22 crew ships and the Progress 80 and 81 resupply ships.
The Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft, which is currently docked at the space station, will depart from the orbiting laboratory on September 29 and return Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov to Earth. They will make a parachute-assistance landing on the Kazakh steppe.
Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (ESA) have been aboard since arriving on April 27, 2022, aboard the SpaceX Dragon Freedom. Freedom and its crew are expected to return to Earth in early to mid October.