[sarex] Discovery Arrives at Space Station
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Thu Oct 25 05:50:09 PDT 2007
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*Discovery Arrives at Space Station, Joint Operations to Begin Soon*
Space Shuttle DiscoveryImage Above: Space shuttle Discovery performs a
back-flip over the Atlantic Ocean about an hour before docking to the
International Space Station. Image credit: NASA TV;
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Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-120 crew arrived at the
International Space Station at 8:40 a.m. EDT, delivering a new module
and crew member to the orbital outpost.
The STS-120 astronauts and the station’s Expedition 16 crew will conduct
pressure and leak checks before the hatches between the two spacecraft
open about 10:30 a.m. After the crews greet each other, they will
quickly begin joint operations.
+ View docking animation
+ View rendezvous animation
+ View rendezvous pitch maneuver animation
+ View shuttle approaching the space station animation
One of the first major tasks is the station crew rotation. STS-120
Mission Specialist Daniel Tani will switch places with Expedition 16
Flight Engineer Clayton Anderson, who will be wrapping up a four-month
tour of duty as an Expedition crew member. Tani is scheduled to stay on
the station until he returns to Earth with STS-122 later this year.
Tani will officially become a member of Expedition 16 when his
custom-made seat liner is swapped out with Anderson’s in the Soyuz
spacecraft docked to the station.
Also, preparations will begin today for the first of five scheduled
STS-120 spacewalks. It is set to kick off at 6:28 a.m. Friday.
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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