Video: Hugs and smiles as new crew members arrive at International Space Station

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A three-man crew successfully arrived on board the International Space Station overnight.

A three-man crew successfully arrived on board the International Space Station.
Source: Associated Press

US astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russia's Sergei Ryazansky and Italy's Paolo Nespoli had lifted off in a Soyuz capsule from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan at 1541 GMT.

Just over eight hours later, they entered the space station to join NASA's Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, as well as the veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

The incoming crew will contribute to more than 250 experiments conducted at the orbiting lab in fields such as biology, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

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