Sunday, April 4, 2010

Nasa Latest News: New Expedition 23 Crew Members Welcomed Aboard Station

The Expedition 23 crew
Image above: The Expedition 23 crew speaks with family members and representatives on the ground. Image Credit: NASA TV

There are three new Expedition 23 crew members aboard the International Space Station. Following the completion of leak checks, the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft and the station were opened at 3:19 a.m. EDT Sunday. A welcome ceremony for the new arrivals followed.

NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko lifted off aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 12:04 a.m. Friday.

› View Soyuz TMA-18 launch video
› View Soyuz TMA-18 launch images

The trio docked to the station at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, completing the Expedition 23 crew.

The new crew members were welcomed by Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi who arrived at the station Dec. 22 aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft.

Space shuttle Discovery and the STS-131 crew are set to launch Monday from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and dock with the orbital laboratory April 7. Discovery is delivering new science racks and ammonia tanks. While there, two shuttle astronauts will perform three spacewalks to switch out ammonia tanks on the station.

› Read more about Expedition 23
› View crew timelines

NASA’s International Space Station Program Wins Collier Trophy

The International Space Station Program has won the 2009 Collier Trophy, which is considered the top award in aviation. The National Aeronautic Association bestows the award annually to recognize the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.

› Read more about the award

› Read Heads of Agency International Space Station Joint Statement

› MCB Joint Statement Representing Common Views on the Future of the ISS (8 Kb PDF)

2010 International Space Station Calendar

NASA is offering a 2010 calendar that describes the work being done on the International Space Station and gives information about the crews that have lived there. The calendar contains photographs taken from the space station and highlights historic NASA milestones and fun facts about the international construction project of unprecedented complexity that began in 1998. (Please Note: To print this large calendar on 8.5 by 11 paper, printer may need to be set on a "shrink to printable area" option.)