A few hours after docking their Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station, Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin opened hatches and were greeted by three crew members who have been on the outpost since December; station Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers. The new arrivals also received congratulatory calls and best wishes from American and Russian space officials and their families gathered at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia, outside Moscow.
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