KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--Space station commander Gennady Padalka aborted the automated approach of the unmanned Russian Progress supply ship Wednesday after a malfunction left it in the wrong orientation.
Instead, he took over the manual controls and remotely guided the craft to a picture-perfect docking.
"Everything is centered and I'm closing," Padalka reported as he orchestrated a slow approach to the Zvezda command module's aft port. "Point zero seven... contact...very soft contact, very nice...capture."
"All right, Gennady, congratulations," a Russian flight controller radioed. Docking was confirmed at 7:12 … Read more