December 6, 2011
Expedition 20 crew members are pictured in the Harmony node of the International Space Station as Space Shuttle Discovery's crew ingress through the station's Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 (PMA-2). Pictured (from the left) are Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, all flight engineers; along with Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (partially out of frame at right), commander. Astronaut Rick Sturckow, STS-128 commander, is visible in the background as he leads his crew onto the space station.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Frank De Winne, Frederick W. Sturckow, Timothy L. Kopra, STS-128, Pressurized Mating Adapter, Gennady Padalka, Robert Thirsk, International Space Station, Expedition 20