April 11, 2012
ISS027-E-034867(18 May 2011) --- Soon after the space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station on May 18, six crew members from each spacecraft greeted and reunited before starting in on several days of shared work. Here, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly greets two members of the Expedition 27 crew -- European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli (left), flight engineer, and Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, Expedition 27 commander. Nespoli and Kondratyev, along with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman (not pictured), will be returning to Earth on May 23, leaving nine astronauts and cosmonauts to continue several more days of joint activities.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Environment, Expedition 27, Paolo A. Nespoli, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Astronaut ranks and positions, Astronaut, Disaster Accident