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Five-Member Expedition 22 Crew Begins First Full Week Together

Published by Matt on Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:02 pm via: NASA
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Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev welcomed three new crew members last week. Flight Engineers T. J. Creamer, Oleg Kotov and Soichi Noguchi arrived last Tuesday expanding Expedition 22 to five crew members.

A camera attached (foreground) to the inside of the Kibo lab automatically photographs Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi as he works on a plant experiment. Credit: NASA TV

A camera attached (foreground) to the inside of the Kibo lab automatically photographs Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi as he works on a plant experiment. Credit: NASA TV

Williams, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Creamer, an Army colonel, will salute U.S. forces in Iraq with a special call to Baghdad at 8 a.m. CST Tuesday, Dec. 29. Service members will have the chance to talk with the astronauts about life on the station, their military careers and what it is like to live in space for up to six months. The discussion will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

Williams and Suraev have been orbiting Earth since October when they joined Expedition 21. Expedition 22 began Dec. 1 as a contingent of just two crew members when their Expedition 21 crew mates undocked and headed home.

The five crew members celebrated a multi-cultural Christmas aboard the International Space Station on Friday. The two American astronauts, two cosmonauts and Japanese astronaut shared a Christmas meal and continued handover and familiarization activities.

The new arrivals also are orienting themselves with exercise equipment and procedures. While learning how to set up, use and maintain the exercise gear the crew members also are working with crew medical systems and computers.

The U.S. Waste and Hygiene Compartment was unavailable for use as Williams manually filled the flush water tank.

Williams and Kotov are on their second long-duration missions aboard the station. Williams was an Expedition 13 flight engineer in 2006. Kotov served as a flight engineer during Expedition 15 in 2007.

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