Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy docked to the Poisk module at 10:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday after a six-hour trip to the International Space Station.
They joined Expedition 37 crew members Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano, who have been a board the station since May 28. The hatches were opened between the Soyuz TMA-10M and the space station less than two hours after docking.
After the arrival, all six crew members gathered inside the Zvezda service module for a welcoming ceremony. Congratulations and greetings were given by family members, who were also on hand earlier that day to watch the new station residents launch to space.
After talking with families, the six-member crew shared a meal and got to work. The two new cosmonauts performed some light cargo transfer work and Hopkins filled out a health questionnaire.
After completing those tasks, the entire crew gathered for a safety briefing to review emergency procedures and equipment locations. They also familiarized themselves with the potential hazards and available safety measures aboard the station. Over the next few days, the new residents will spend time orienting and familiarizing themselves with their new home and workplace.
After their safety briefing, the crew had a couple of hours of personal time before they went to sleep. Thursday is an off-duty day for the crew as they sleep shift back to their normal schedules. Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano had stayed up for several hours after their bed time to greet their new crewmates and monitor their arrival.
Kotov, Hopkins and Ryazanskiy had launched earlier Wednesday at 4:58 p.m. and are just the third crew to arrive at the orbital laboratory in less than a day, or just four orbits. The new space trio is scheduled for a 5-1/2 month mission returning in March 2014.