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STS-124: Docked Operations Underway

The hatches are open between Discovery and the ISS. The crews are getting ready for Tuesday's spacewalk, the first of three planned for this mission. Meanwhile, back at KSC, it seems the launchpad suffered serious damage from Endeavour's liftoffNASA reports:

Crews Begin Joint Operations

STS-124 hatch opening
Image above: A view of the STS-124 crew members as they are welcomed aboard the International Space Station by the Expedition 17 crew members. Photo credit: NASA TV

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Space Shuttle Discovery arrived at the International Space Station at 2:03 p.m. EDT Monday delivering the second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory and a new Expedition 17 crew member. The STS-124 astronauts entered the station for the first time after the hatches between the two spacecraft opened at 3:36 p.m.

Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff joined the Expedition 17 crew, trading places with Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman. The crew members aboard the orbiting complex also prepared for the first of three STS-124 spacewalks, which Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan are scheduled to begin at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday.

STS-124 PAO Update - Chamitoff becomes space station crew member at 6:35 p.m. EDT

Mon, Jun 02 18:48:49 EDT 2008

At 6:35 p.m., astronaut Greg Chamitoff notified Mission Control that he had installed his seat liner in the Soyuz capsule. With that action, Chamitoff became a member of the space station Expedition 17 crew, swapping places with Garrett Reisman. Reisman, now an STS124 crew member, will return to Earth aboard Discovery. Chamitoff will remain aboard the space station until November, when he returns on STS126.

Pad damage pics here. Docking pics here. Flight Day 2 pics and video are up at the JSC Gallery. More pics and video at KSC. Lotsa Youtube clips from stsspace and issmania. Discussion here. Status Report #5 here. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.