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Endeavour and Station Crews Open Hatches

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:06 am
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Image above: The Expedition 16 and STS-123 crew greet each other onboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

The STS-123 and Expedition 16 crews opened the hatches between space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station at 1:28 a.m. EDT Thursday, beginning 12 days of joint operations.

One of the first joint tasks is for Garrett Reisman to join the Expedition 16 crew by trading places with Flight Engineer Léopold Eyharts, a European Space Agency astronaut.

The crews are preparing for the first of five scheduled STS-123 spacewalks, which Mission Specialist Rick Linnehan and Reisman will begin at 8:23 p.m. Thursday.

In addition, the STS-123 crew will install the Canadian-built Dextre – the final element of the station’s Mobile Servicing System – and the Japanese Logistics Module – Pressurized Section, which is the first component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory.

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