STS-126 Arrives at the International Space Station


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STS-126 has arrived at the International Space Station. Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson was at the controls of space shuttle Endeavour docking to the station's Harmony Node at 5:01 p.m. EST. The station and shuttle crews will open the hatches between their vehicles and greet each other in about two hours. Sandra Magnus, who arrived aboard Endeavour, will swap Soyuz seatliners with station astronaut Greg Chamitoff and replace him as Expedition 18 Flight Engineer.

Today's major events include:

  • Rendezvous with station
  • Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver photography by the Expedition 18 crew
  • Docking to Harmony/Pressurized Mating Adapter 2
  • Hatch opening and welcome
  • Crew exchange of Magnus for Chamitoff
  • OBSS handoff from Canadarm2 to the shuttle robotic arm

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