Thursday, June 17, 2010

Houston's First Hometown Astronaut Joins "Expedition 24"

Two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan.

They're making the two-day journey to the International Space Station, where they'll become a part of what's called "Expedition 24", the latest group living and working aboard the station as it orbits 354 kilometers above Earth.

The crew, shown here in Russia during training for their trip in space, includes Shannon Walker, Houston's first hometown astronaut.

Walker's arrival will mark the first time the station's crew has two women.

This team will work on the relocation of scientific modules attached to the station, make spacewalks and conduct scientific experiments.


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