Russian Soyuz TMA-19M was launched on Dec 15, 2015 in route to the ISS bringing three crewmen from Russia, the United States and Great Britain. Six time space flier Yuri Malenchenko was in the commander’s seat, flanked by co pilot Tim Kopra from NASA and Tim Peake, the ESA flight engineer from the United Kingdom.
The automated rendezvous system failed and forced commander Malenchenko to take over manual control at the last minute. After backing away and assessing the ship’s alignment and control, he deftly guided the craft in for docking at the Rassvet module to complete a four-orbit rendezvous.
With the arrival of Soyuz TMA-19M, the station crew is back to six crew members. Expedition 46 has started.