Approach to the space station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and docking were performed in automatic mode. The initial contact with the docking port on the instrumentation and propulsion compartment of the Zvezda Service Module of the ISS Russian Segment (RS) occurred at 07:26 Moscow Time.
The crew of Expedition 22 to ISS working on-board the space station monitored the process of rendezvous and docking. All the dynamic operations were performed by mission control specialists under the supervision of the Technical Management (The Technical Manager is the President and Designer General of the S.P. Korolev RSC Energia V.A. Lopota).
Present at the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M) during the final operations of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with ISS were: representatives of the State Commission (the Chairman is the head of Roscosmos A,N.Perminov), of Roscosmos, NASA, ESA, subcontractor companies and organizations in the industry, managers and specialists of the Corporation.
According to telemetry data and reports from the ISS crew, the on-board systems of the space station and spacecraft operate normally
The spacecraft delivered to the station about 2.7 tons of cargo. They include: supplies of propellants, water, food (including natural form foods), oxygen and air, medical equipment, scientific equipment and hardware of the ISS RS systems, on-board documentation, parcels for the crew, video and photographic equipment. Intended for the US segment of the station are 496 kg of cargos.
The mission control and the monitoring of the spacecraft systems status during rendezvous and docking were provided by the Lead Operations Control Team consisting of specialists from S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, MCC-M, and other organizations in the industry. The Flight Director was the RSC Energia First Deputy General Designer V.A.Soloviev.
The ISS Russian Segment consists of: Functional and cargo module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking compartment/module Pirs, Mini Research Module Poisk, manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-16 and Soyuz TMA-17, cargo transportation spacecraft Progress M-03M and Progress M-04M. For the first time during the Space Station mission, four Russian spacecraft operate simultaneously attached to the Station.
The ISS crew consists of: Russian cosmonauts Maxim Suraev and Oleg Kotov, US astronauts Jeffrey Williams (ISS commander) and Timothy Creamer, Japanese space agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
ISS flies in low Earth orbit with minimum altitude of 341.1 km, and maximum altitude of 356.1 km. Its orbital period is 91.3 min.