Image above: The STS-126 and Expedition 18 crews greet each other. Photo credit: NASA TV
The space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the International
Space Station this afternoon, NASA announced today.
The flight commander Chris Ferguson led his crew to have
the space shuttle successfully docked with the space station’s Harmony Node at
5.01 pm EST.
The station and shuttle crews opened hatches and greeted
one another about two hours later.
The space shuttle did a normal back flip and positioned
itself such that astronauts could photograph the shuttle's thermal protection
system. The photos are necessary for examination of the heat shield to see if
there is any damage.
NASA said Astronaut Sandra Magnus who newly arrived at
the space station will take over the position held by astronaut Greg Chamitoff,
who will return to Earth.
Below are press releases from NASA.
Hatches Open, Shuttle and Station Crews Greet Each Other
Sun, 16 Nov 2008 04:18:00 PM PST
The hatches between the International Space Station and
space shuttle Endeavour are now open. Expedition 18 welcomed the STS-126 crew
members inside the Harmony Node at 7:16 p.m. EST. Sandra Magnus, who arrived
aboard Endeavour, will soon swap Soyuz seatliners with station astronaut Greg
Chamitoff and replace him as Expedition 18 Flight Engineer.
Space Shuttle Endeavour's docking with the International
Space Station is scheduled today. The primary objective of the crew's 15-day
mission is to prepare the station to accommodate six members for long-duration
stays. In addition, traveling with STS-126 is a new Expedition 18 crew member,
astronaut Sandra Magnus, who will replace Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff.
Today's major events include:
Pitch Maneuver photography by the Expedition 18 crew
* Docking to
Harmony/Pressurized Mating Adapter 2
* Hatch opening
* Crew exchange
of Magnus for Chamitoff
* OBSS handoff
from Canadarm2 to the shuttle robotic arm
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