With the opening of both spacecrafts hatches, space shuttle Discovery’s seven-person STS-131 crew joined with the six-person Expedition 23 crew on the International Space Station to begin more than a week of work together. Among the thirteen space travelers on the ISS: four women aboard the same spacecraft for the first time. Discovery Mission Specialists Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Naoko Yamazaki joined Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson. Yamazaki and Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi are the first JAXA Astronauts to fly in space at the same time.
131 Plus 23 Makes Baker’s Dozen on Space Station
STS-131 Crew Arrives Safely at Station
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