Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker
and Fyodor Yurchikhin
docked with the International Space Station
at 6:21 p.m. EDT Thursday. The trio began the journey to thon and Korneir new home when they launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft
at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
From inside the station, Expedition 24 Commander Alexander Skvortsov
and Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson
and Mikhail Kornienko
monitored the approach of the Russian spacecraft as it docked to the aft port of the Zvezda service module.
After the completion of leak checks, the hatches between the two vehicles were opened at 8:52 p.m. Skvortsov, Caldwell Dysienko, who arrived at the station April 4 aboard the Soyuz TMA-18, welcomed the new Expedition 24 crew members aboard their orbital home during a welcome ceremony.
Image above: The new Expedition 24 crew members are welcomed aboard the International Space Station during a ceremony shortly after the hatches between the two vehicles were opened. Credit: NASA TV
U.S. Army Col. Wheelock, 50, is making his second trip into space. As an STS-120 mission specialist aboard space shuttle
Discovery in 2007, he traveled to the station and conducted three spacewalks.
Walker, 45, is a graduate of Rice University and the first native Houstonian to be named an astronaut
. This is her first spaceflight.
Yurchikhin, 51, is making his third trip into space and his second long-duration stay aboard the station. He flew aboard space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-112 mission to the station in October 2002. He also spent six months aboard the station in 2007 as commander of Expedition 15.
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