The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) moved on Monday a Russian spacecraft docked with the Zvezda module to the Rassvet research module after a short delay caused by a technical problem on board the orbital station.
Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin piloted the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft during a 24-minute maneuver. He was accompanied by U.S. astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker.
The 90-minute delay was caused by problems with electric drive on a section of solar panels at the station, the Russian mission control said.
The spacecraft made room for the Russian Progress M-06M space freighter which is scheduled to arrive at the station on July 2.
The Soyuz-TMA is the most recent model in the famed Soyuz spacecraft family.
The TMA, or "anthropometric," model was designed under the U.S.-Russian joint program on the ISS.
NASA paid $50 million to the Russian Energia Corporation to make the upgrades, mostly aimed at allowing taller crewmembers to fly the Soyuz and increasing docking procedure safety.
The first Soyuz-TMA spacecraft flew to the ISS in 2002.
MOSCOW, June 29 (RIA Novosti)