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Hugs, laughter as crew arrives at International Space Station

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Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov being helped as he enters the International Space Station on November 16. The glitch-free docking of the Soyuz TMA-22 came after a textbook launch on Monday and was a huge boost to Russia which postponed the mission in the wake of the disastrous crash of an unmanned supply ship bound for the ISS in August.

Space.com reports:

A spacecraft carrying the three newest residents of the International Space Station safely arrived at the orbiting outpost on Wednesday after a two-day space journey.

NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin reached the space station slightly ahead of schedule, at 12:24 a.m. ET.

The crew conducted an extensive set of leak checks before they opened the hatch of their capsule and floated into the station. The two crews greeted each other with laughter, hugs and warm welcomes. Read the full story.

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Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, center, being hugged as he enters the International Space Station on November 16.

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