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Space Shuttle Atlantis Docks with Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 17, 2010 10:38 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – Space shuttle Atlantis docked with the International Space Station today at 10:28 a.m. EDT.

After a series of leak checks, the Expedition 23 crew, Commander Oleg Kotov, and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko, Soichi Noguchi, T.J. Creamer and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, welcomed the shuttle crew, Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers, onboard and provided them with a station safety briefing before beginning the first tasks of the joint mission.

Atlantis launched Friday at 2:20 p.m. The shuttle is delivering the new Russian Mini-Research Module, also known as Rassvet and translated as “Dawn”.

During the 12-day mission, the STS-132 crew members also will work to replace batteries on the station’s truss structure and store a spare dish antenna outside.

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