(NEW YORK) -- A Soyuz vehicle docked with the International Space Station early Friday morning, bringing three new crewmembers and new technology to those aboard.
The new equipment is to be used in research investigations, NASA says. One such item, the European Space Agency's "Skinsuit" aims to help counter back problems experienced in low-gravity situations by constricting the body from shoulders to feet to simulate Earth's gravitational forces.
Also on board the Soyuz craft were three new crewmembers, bringing the number of people now aboard the space station to nine, at least temporarily. The last time nine or more people were aboard the orbiting laboratory was in 2013.
Two of the newly arrived crewmembers and one other space station resident are scheduled to return to Earth on Sept. 11.
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