A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday (September 26), despite a technical glitch which briefly threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion complex. The incoming crew- Russian Alexander Samokutyaev, his compatriot Elena Serova and U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore- joins the team of Russian Commander Maxim Suraev, U.S. Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut of the European Space Agency. Suraev's crew, which has manned the space station since May, is set to return to Earth in November. The incoming crew will serve 170 days until landing in March. The 15-nation laboratory, which flies at an altitude of about 260 miles (420 km), is overseen by Russia and the United States.