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Shuttle and Station Crews Bid Farewell Today

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun May 23, 2010 8:16 am
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After more than seven days of working together, including three spacewalks and the installation of a new module, the International Space Station and shuttle crews part ways today.

Before they part, the combined crews of shuttle Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli, Mission Specialists Michael Good, Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers, and Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Alexander Skovortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mikhail Kornienko, Soichi Noguchi, and T.J. Creamer will gather one last time in the space station for a joint news conference. They will take questions from reporters in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. The event will air on NASA TV at 6:25 a.m. EDT.

Mission Specialist Piers Sellers poses for a photo inside the cupola of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Mission Specialist Piers Sellers poses for a photo inside the cupola of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

The crews will then gather the last items for transfer, and then gather for their farewells and close the hatches between the two spacecraft. Undocking is planned for 11:22 a.m.

Once the shuttle is backed safely away from the complex, Antonelli will perform a flyaround of the station. The shuttle crew will record views of the station during the planned 1.5 revolutions of the station.

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