May 18, 2011
Endeavour Docks With International Space Station
At 6:14 a.m. EDT, Commander Mark Kelly backed space shuttle Endeavour into pressurized mating adapter 2 on the International Space Station's Harmony node. The two spacecraft were flying about 220 miles up above and east of Chile at the time they docked.
The shuttle and station crews will open hatches and hold the traditional welcome ceremony at about 8:36 a.m. Endeavour's crew will be working with Expedition 27 Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Russian Flight Engineers Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, and NASA's Cady Coleman and Ron Garan.
Mission Specialists Mike Fincke and Drew Feustel will transfer the spacesuits and spacewalk equipment over to the station's Quest airlock and begin setting up for the first spacewalk, scheduled for Friday.
Today's Mission Status Briefing is set for 9 a.m. and will air live on NASA TV.
Image Caption: Space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA TV
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