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The six space station crewmates of Expedition 54 face the camera after their orbital meetup. Upper row: Joe Acaba, Alexander Misurkin and Mark Vande Hei. Lower row: Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov and Norishige Kanai. (NASA TV)

News Brief: The International Space Station’s crew is back up to its full complement of six, thanks to today’s arrival of three fresh spacefliers aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. NASA’s Scott Tingle, Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov and Japan’s Norishige Kanai were launched into space over the weekend and will be in orbit until next June. They join the station’s current Russian commander, Alexander Misurkin, and NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, who’ll be heading back home in February. One of the sextet’s first tasks will be to unpack all the holiday goodies aboard a just-arrived SpaceX Dragon cargo ship.

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