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Expedition Crews Working Together


*Expedition Crews Working Together*
19 October 2007

  Image above: The Expedition 15 and 16 crews, along with spaceflight 
participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, take a break from their activities 
to talk to the press. Credit: NASA TV

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

Expedition 16 crew members Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer 
Clay Anderson reviewed spacewalk hardware and systems in the Quest 
airlock Tuesday in preparation for the arrival of space shuttle 
Discovery next week and the upcoming spacewalks.

Whitson and Anderson also continued their review of the medical 
equipment aboard the station, checking out the defibrillator stowed 
onboard for emergencies.

Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko completed another session 
of shuttle photography training. 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 
arrived at the station aboard their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft Friday, Oct 12.

The Expedition 15 crew, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, Flight Engineer 
Oleg Kotov and Anderson, 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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