Published: Dec 17, 2010 10:19 PM EST
Updated: Dec 17, 2010 7:19 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has three new tenants.

A Russian Soyuz capsule docked with the orbiting lab Friday, two days after blasting off from Kazakhstan. It delivered an American, an Italian and a Russian for a five-month stay.

The docking took place 220 miles above west Africa, just as NASA was wrapping up a fueling test of space shuttle Discovery on its Florida launch pad. Discovery should have flown to the space station in November, but is grounded until February because of fuel tank cracks.

The newest space station residents are Catherine Coleman, Paolo Nespoli and Dmitry Kondratyev. Two Russians and one American already are on board, for a total crew of six.