Shuttle Endeavour Crew Welcomed Aboard Space Station

Monday, November 17th 2008, 5:53 am
By: News On 6

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The crew of the international space station has welcomed aboard the crew of the shuttle Endeavour.

The shuttle docked Sunday, kicking off what promises to be an "extreme makeover" for the space station to make it more livable, with accommodations for six full-time residents, not just three as now.

Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff was especially excited to see Endeavour arrive. He's been living on the space station for almost six months, and the shuttle is his ride home. He warmly greeted Sandra Magnus, who's taking his place.

Besides Magnus, Endeavour is delivering thousands of pounds of home improvement gear, including an extra bathroom, a kitchenette, an exercise machine and two more sleeping compartments.

Most of the new stuff is inside a giant cylinder that Endeavour's astronauts will be attaching to the space station Monday.

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