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Expedition 15-16 Crews Work Together


*Expedition Crews Work Together*

Astronauts Clay Anderson and Peggy WhitsonImage above: Flight Engineer 
Clay Anderson and Commander Peggy Whitson take a break from handover 
activities to talk to the press Monday. Credit: NASA TV

The newly arrived Expedition 16 crew members are familiarizing 
themselves with life aboard the International Space Station as 
Expedition 15 nears the end of its mission.

The Expedition 16 crew, Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineers 
Yuri Malenchenko and Clay Anderson, joined with Expedition 15 Commander 
Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov for several hours of 
dedicated handover activity on Monday.

Whitson and Anderson reviewed the Crew Medical Restraint System and the 
exercise equipment aboard the station.

Malenchenko began his first shuttle photography training session. The 
station crew will use digital cameras to take high-resolution images of 
space shuttle Discovery's thermal protection system when it approaches 
the station for docking later this month.

Whitson, Malenchenko and spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor 
docked with the station aboard their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft at 10:50 
a.m. Friday.

Expedition 15 welcomed the new crew aboard the station when the hatches 
were opened at 12:22 p.m. Friday. Afterwards, Anderson, who joined 
Expedition 15 in June, became an Expedition 16 crew member when his 
seatliner was moved from the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft to Soyuz TMA-11.

+ Read more about the docking 
+ View launch day images 

Both crews will work together until Oct. 21, when Yurchikhin, Kotov and 
Shukor depart aboard Soyuz TMA-10. Anderson will remain with Expedition 
16 and return to Earth with the Discovery crew on the STS-120 mission.

+ View crew daily timelines 
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
+ Read more about Expedition 16 
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