Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained


This second video in the ‘Journey to the International Space Station’ series follows the Soyuz capsule from Earth orbit to docking with the Space Station. Featuring interviews with ESA astronauts Luca Parmitano, Frank De Winne and Paolo Nespoli, and an introduction by Alexander Gerst, it includes unique footage taken from inside the Soyuz spacecraft.

Produced by the ESA Human Spaceflight and Operations Astronaut Training Division in Cologne, Germany, in collaboration with the Human Spaceflight and Operations Strategic Planning and Outreach Office in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Narration: Bernard Oattes
Technical experts: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin
Content design: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin, Matthew Day, Celena Dopart
Animation: Nelson Steinmetz, Yannis Nourrisson
Video editing: Celena Dopart, Andrea Conigli
Project coordination: Matthew Day

Special thanks to:
Frank De Winne
Paolo Nespoli
Luca Parmitano
Alexander Gerst
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Also watch:
Journey to the ISS Part 1: The Soyuz launch sequence explained

Journey to the ISS Part 3: Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

Captions available in English, Spanish, German, French, Russian and Italian. We’re working on more languages and they will be added as they become available. Click on the CC button to switch between languages.

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  1. The Soyuz is really a marvelous machine, imagine it travelling for up to 2 days with 30 times the speed of sound ,searching and finding the space station then docking automatically on target with a margin of only a few centimeters !

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