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, Pressurized Mating Adapter, Frederick W. Sturckow, STS-128, Robert Thirsk, Expedition 20, Timothy L. Kopra, Frank De Winne, Gennady Padalka, International Space Station