ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Soyuz commander Dmitri Kondratyev and NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman with ISS Expedition 26 crew Alexander Kaleri, Scott Kelly and Oleg Skripochka during the short live event after opening the hatches between the International Space Station and thee Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft. The three new crewmembers arrived at Space Station on 17 December at 21:12 CET and entered the Station at 00:05 CET.
They were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 15 December at 20:09 CET. Paolo’s MagISStra mission is Europe’s third long-duration mission on the ISS. Between December 2010 and June 2011 he will be part of the ISS crew as a flight engineer.