A Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft carrying three astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station, Russia's Roscosmos space agency said Thursday.
The docking took place as scheduled at 0248 GMT.
The capsule, mounted aboard a Soyuz-FG rocket, lifted off about six hours earlier from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky aboard.
While Kotov has done two tours on the ISS, this is the first mission to the space station for both Hopkins and Ryazansky.
The three men are due to spend 168 days on the station, carrying out scientific experiments.
Several spacewalks are also scheduled, including a Nov. 9 excursion that will see the Olympic torch make its outer-space debut in the hands of Kotov and Ryazansky.
The torch carried by the cosmonauts will be used to light the Olympic flame at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, organizing committee chairman Dmitri Chernishenko said.
The current ISS crew - Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and astronauts Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency - will return to earth before the end of the year.