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Station Residents Prepare for Shuttle Visitors

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:55 am via: source
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(NASA) – Awaiting Discovery’s arrival at the station are Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Michael Barratt, Tim Kopra, Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk of the Canadian Space Agency and Frank De Winne of the European Space Agency.

The station crew members spent Saturday preparing for the seven new visitors by reviewing photography procedures they will use to capture images of Discovery’s underside when it performs a back flip during the approach to the station. Padalka and Barratt will use digital cameras with 400 and 800 millimeter lenses to snap detailed photos of the shuttle’s heat shield tiles.

Space shuttle Discovery launches to start the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

Space shuttle Discovery launches to start the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

Space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.’s Launch Pad 39A at 11:59 p.m. EDT Friday, beginning the STS-128 mission. Docking is scheduled for Sunday at 9:03 p.m.

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