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Shuttle to Dock With Station Today

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Apr 7, 2010 6:55 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – 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 International Space Station on Wednesday. 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.

There are three new Expedition 23 crew members aboard the 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.

The International Space Station is seen from the centerline camera system inside space shuttle Discovery's orbiter docking system. Image Credit: NASA TV

The International Space Station is seen from the centerline camera system inside space shuttle Discovery's orbiter docking system. Image Credit: NASA TV

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 three new flight engineers docked to the station at 1:25 a.m. Sunday and were welcomed aboard 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.

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