The manoeuvre followed Saturday’s failed docking of the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft.
The docking attempt was aborted due to a suspected glitch linked to an automated control system on board the space station. Another attempt will be made on Tuesday.
On Monday, Alexander Skvortsov of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, NASA’s Drew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency donned spacesuits and climbed into the Soyuz MS-13 space capsule serving as a lifeboat at the station to steer it to another docking port.
The move is intended to help the repeat docking attempt of the Soyuz MS-14 that carries a Russian humanoid robot called Fedor.