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New Expanded ISS Crew Busy with Orientation

Published by Matt on Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:25 pm via: NASA
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The five residents of the International Space Station were busy with crew orientation activities Thursday as the new Expedition 22 crew members began familiarizing themselves with their home in space.

Wearing festive holiday hats, the Expedition 22 crew speaks with officials from Russia, Japan and the United States. In the front row are Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev (left) and Commander Jeff Williams. Behind them, left to right, are newly-arrived Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov, T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi. Credit: NASA

Wearing festive holiday hats, the Expedition 22 crew speaks with officials from Russia, Japan and the United States. In the front row are Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev (left) and Commander Jeff Williams. Behind them, left to right, are newly-arrived Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov, T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi. Credit: NASA

The three new crew members, Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer, Oleg Kotov and Soichi Noguchi, along with Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev, conducted emergency response training and talked with ground controllers on Earth.

Creamer, Kotov and Noguchi arrived at the station Tuesday aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 20.

The crew had an off-duty day Friday for Christmas.

This weekend, the crew continued  conducting regular science, maintenance and exercise activities. They also enjoyed some more off-duty time and had an opportunity to speak with family members.

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