Soyuz crew boards ISS

International Space Station

International Space Station

The spacecraft Soyuz which blasted off on Sunday from Khazakstan was already on International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz crew consists of 5 people and multi-millionaire spaceflight participant Richard Garriott boarded the ISS at 4:38 a.m. EDT.

Richard Garriott whose father was a former astronaut Owen Garriott was welcomed by cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, whose father is also a veteran of the Russia space program.

Garriot who shed a huge portion of his money will stay on the facility until October 24. He will gather photos and information for his sponsors who made the $30M space odyssey possible. He will be returing home with Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, who have been in the ISS since April.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a research facility being assembled in space. Its on-orbit assembly began in 1998. The space station is in a low Earth orbit and can be seen from Earth with the naked eye: it has an altitude of about 350 km (217 mi)[1] above the surface of the Earth, and travels at an average speed of 27,700 km (17,210 statute miles) per hour, completing 15.77 orbits per day. (Source: Wikipedia)