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Discovery at Space Station



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Discovery at Space Station, Joint Operations Begin
* 25 October 2007

Peggy Whitson and Pam MelroyImage Above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy 
Whitson (left) welcomes STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy aboard the 
International Space Station. Image credit: NASA TV:
TO VIEW IMAGE GO 
TO:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

The STS-120 crew entered the International Space Station for the first 
time after the hatches between the station and Space Shuttle Discovery 
opened at 10:39 a.m. EDT today.

Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-120 crew arrived at the 
International Space Station at 8:40 a.m., delivering a new module and 
crew member to the orbital outpost.

One of the first major tasks was the station crew rotation. STS-120 
Mission Specialist Daniel Tani switched places with Expedition 16 Flight 
Engineer Clayton Anderson, who wrapped 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.

Tani officially became a member of Expedition 16 when his custom-made 
seat liner was swapped out with Andersonís in the Soyuz spacecraft 
docked to the station.

Also, preparations will begin today for the first of five scheduled 
STS-120 spacewalks. The first spacewalk is set to kick off at 6:28 a.m. 
Friday.

*Mission Information*
+ STS-120 Mission Overview 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts120/index.html>
+ Harmony Node 2 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/behindscenes/harmony_payload.html> 

+ Space Shuttle Discovery 
<http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/discovery-info.html>
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