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Station Crew to Greet New Visitors Aboard Station


*Station Crew to Greet New Visitors Aboard Station*
25 October 2007

iss015e36035 -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson Image Above: 
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson works on a U.S. spacesuit inside 
the Quest Airlock. Image credit: NASA TO VIEW IMAGE GO 

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineers Yuri 
Malenchenko and Clay Anderson will welcome a new set of visitors aboard 
the International Space Station today. Space Shuttle Discovery is slated 
to dock with the station at 8:33 a.m. EDT and the STS-120 crew will 
enter the station for the first time about 10:30 a.m.

+ View docking animation 
+ View rendezvous animation 
+ View rendezvous pitch maneuver animation 
+ View shuttle approaching the space station animation 

One of the first major tasks is the station crew rotation. STS-120 
Mission Specialist Daniel Tani will switch places with Anderson, who 
will be wrapping up a four-month tour of duty as an Expedition crew 
member. Tani is scheduled to stay on the station until he returns to 
Earth with STS-122 later this year.

The two crews will also begin joint operations to begin preparations for 
STS-120ís first spacewalk to continue the on-orbit construction of the 
station. A new station module, called Harmony, will be attached to the 
station and sets the stage for the arrival of new research laboratories.

Five spacewalks are scheduled during Discoveryís stay at the station to 
attach Harmony and to relocate the stationís P6 truss and solar arrays.

In addition to Harmony, Discovery is delivering supplies and equipment 
to the station.

For the latest news and information on the STS-120 mission, visit the 
main shuttle page.

+ Read More <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html>

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