November 7, 2011
Eight of a total aggregation of 13 astronauts and cosmonauts are pictured at meal time aboard the International Space Station. Pictured, clockwise from bottom right, are astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Mike Barratt, with Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, an unidentified crew member, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata (floating above), Canadian Space Agency astronauts Robert Thirsk and Julie Payette, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne, and astronaut Christopher Cassidy. Either out of frame or not clearly seen are astronauts Mark Polansky, Doug Hurley, Dave Wolf, Tim Kopra and Tom Marshburn, plus Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Gennady Padalka. Seven astronauts left Kennedy Space Center one week ago aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour to join up with the six Expedition 20 crew members on the orbital outpost to continue work on it. The space fliers have completed two of five scheduled spacewalks up to this point.
Topics: Robert Thirsk, Expedition 20, Gennady Padalka, Michael R. Barratt, Thomas Marshburn, Frank De Winne, Expedition 18, STS-127, Koichi Wakata, Canadian Space Agency, International Space Station, Astronaut, Environment