With a blue and white Earth in the background, this close-up view features the Soyuz TMA-6 spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. Onboard are Cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev, Expedition 11 commander representing Russia's Federal Space Agency; Astronaut John L. Phillips, NASA ISS science officer and flight engineer; and European Space Agency Astronaut Roberto Vittori of Italy. The Soyuz linked to the Pirs Docking Compartment at 8:20 p.m. EDT on April 16, 2005, as the two spacecraft flew over eastern Asia.
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