Wed, Sep 20, 2006
NASA reports Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and
Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin entered their new home, the
International Space Station, at 4:34 am EDT Wednesday morning. They
are in the early hours of a six-month stay at the orbital outpost,
which began when the Soyuz TMA 9 spacecraft docked at 1:21 am.
They were greeted by the Expedition 13 crew members upon
floating through the hatch between the station and the Soyuz
Accompanying Expedition 14 is American Anousheh Ansari, who is
the first female spaceflight participant to visit the station. She
is flying under contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency.
Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin will replace Expedition 13 Commander
Pavel Vinogradov and NASA Science Officer Jeff Williams. European
Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Reiter will remain on the station,
and join Expedition 14.
Vinogradov, Williams and Ansari are slated to return to Earth on
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