Expedition 20 and STS-127 Crews Work Together Aboard Station

S127-E-006382 -- The International Space Station Image Above: Space shuttle Endeavour recorded this image of the International Space Station as the two spacecraft made their relative approaches prior to docking. Credit: NASA

The Expedition 20 and STS-127 crews are continuing their joint operations during the 16-day space shuttle mission. STS-127 will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. The astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.

Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Michael Barratt, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk of the Canadian Space Agency and Frank De Winne of the European Space Agency welcomed the STS-127 crew aboard the station at 3:48 p.m. EDT Friday. The crew arrived at the station when space shuttle Endeavour docked at 1:47 p.m.

STS-127 is the 129th shuttle mission to visit the station.

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