OasISS mission: watch the docking live
The Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft docked with the International Space Station at 14:34 CEST (12:34 UT) today. Watch the crew enter ISS live with ESA.
Live streaming of the ingress begins at 15:30 CEST (15:30 UT).
Together with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, De Winne launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 12:34 CEST (10:34 UT) on 27 May.
De Winne, Romanenko and Thirsk will be welcomed on the ISS by the three Expedition crewmembers already in residence: Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. Together they will form the first ever six-person ISS crew – Expedition 20.
For the first four months of his OasISS mission, De Winne will be a Flight Engineer as a member of the Expedition 20 crew, reporting to Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka. With a rotation of three of the six crewmembers due in October, De Winne will take over as Commander of the Expedition 21 crew until his return to Earth in November. He is the first European to take on this role.