(From The Japan News)

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese docked smoothly Thursday with the International Space Station.

In this NASA TV grab, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui enters the International Space Station from the Soyuz space capsule

The capsule connected to the orbiting laboratory about 400 kilometers above Earth at 0245 GMT. The rocket had lifted off from a Russian manned launch facility in Kazakhstan about 5 hours and 45 minutes earlier at 2102 GMT Wednesday.

The rocket reached orbit about 15 minutes after launch and circled the Earth four times before heading for the space station.
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