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Astronauts board International Space Station after two-day journey

Three astronauts from the United States, Russia and Japan have boarded the International Space Station after a two-day journey aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule.

The capsule docked smoothly with the space station at 0406 GMT on Saturday at a height of 254 miles above the Earth.

The crew entered the station about two hours later, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said.

Russian Anatoly Ivanishin, Nasa's Kathleen Rubins and Takuya Onishi, of the Japanese space agency JAXA, are beginning a four-month stay on the orbiting space laboratory.

They joined American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who have been aboard since mid-March.

The capsule blasted off from Russia's manned space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Thursday.

AP

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