[sarex] Discovery Arrives at Space Station

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Thu Oct 25 05:50:09 PDT 2007


*Discovery Arrives at Space Station, Joint Operations to Begin Soon*
25October 2007

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;

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.

*Mission Information*
+ STS-120 Mission Overview 
+ Harmony Node 2 

+ Space Shuttle Discovery 

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