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New Expedition 23 Crew Members Welcomed Aboard Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 5, 2010 2:20 pm via: NASA
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(NASA) – There are three new Expedition 23 crew members aboard the International Space Station. Following the completion of leak checks, the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft and the station were opened at 3:19 a.m. EDT Sunday. A welcome ceremony for the new arrivals followed.

NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko lifted off aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 12:04 a.m. Friday.

The Expedition 23 crew speaks with family members and representatives on the ground. Image Credit: NASA TV

The Expedition 23 crew speaks with family members and representatives on the ground. Image Credit: NASA TV

The trio docked to the station at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, completing the Expedition 23 crew.

The new crew members were welcomed by Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi who arrived at the station Dec. 22 aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft.

Space shuttle Discovery and the STS-131 crew launched at 6:21 a.m. Monday from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and will dock with the orbital laboratory April 7. Discovery is delivering new science racks and ammonia tanks. While there, two shuttle astronauts will perform three spacewalks to switch out ammonia tanks on the station.

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