Sunita Williams arrives at her new home in space

Jul 18, 2012, 09:23 IST | IANS

Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the record of the longest space flight (195 days) for a woman, arrived at her new home amid stars with an international cast of crew for another four-month stay

Williams along with Russian astronaut Yuri Malenchenko and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide docked their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the Rassvet module of the International Space Station at 10:21 a.m. India time Tuesday after two days in orbit, NASA announced.

Sunita Williams. Pic/AFP

The hatches between the Soyuz and the Rassvet module opened Tuesday at 12:53 p.m. India time when the trio entered the ISS, the US space agency said.

Expedition 32 commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin greeted their new crewmates. The six-member crew conducted a welcoming ceremony with family and mission officials then participated in a safety briefing.

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