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Crew-3 Arrives at International Space Station

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
November 11, 2021
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The Expedition 66 crew poses for a photo after SpaceX Crew-3’s arrival to station. (Credit: NASA TV)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — Running more than 30 minutes ahead of schedule, the SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts docked to the International Space Station at 6:32 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 11, less than 24 hours after launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer opened the hatch of their Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance at 8:25 p.m. and participated in a welcome ceremony with their new Expedition 66 crewmates at 9 p.m.

On board to welcome them were fellow astronaut Mark Vande Hei, Expedition 66 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos. Joining the welcome ceremony from Earth were Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations, NASA and Josef Aschbacher, ESA director-general.

The newest crew to the microgravity laboratory is the agency’s third crew rotation mission with SpaceX and will remain on board until April 2022 as a part of Expedition 66.

More details about the mission and NASA’s commercial crew program can be found by following the commercial crew blog@commercial_crew and commercial crew on Facebook.

4 responses to “Crew-3 Arrives at International Space Station”

  1. Lee says:

    Is it just me, or are they taking these photos with a camera from 1988 with about 512 pixels on a side?

    • Douglas Messier says:

      I think these are screenshots from NASA TV. There’s a NASA Live logo in the upper right corner.

      • duheagle says:

        It’s still pretty cheesy for an image accompanying an official NASA press release. I’m sure the camera used is capable of far better. Did no one at NASA PAO think to request transmission of a selected single frame from this video by the NASA crew on ISS? Why, indeed, would this not be SOP? Or is NASA PAO staffed exclusively with people holding degrees in “Communications” – i.e., technical ignoramuses who weren’t pretty enough to land on-air jobs in local TV?

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