The crew of the shuttle Discovery has safely docked at the International Space Station, to a warm welcome from the astronauts already on board. For five of the seven person team, this is their first space venture – and it is a vital one. The work they will carry out in the coming week is essential to all remaining missions. Under the watchful eye of mission control, they will hook up a new power system – a set of solar arrays delivered in September – so that extra laboratory modules can be added to the complex next year. The shuttle also transported a new piece of the station’s external structural backbone. It is scheduled to be installed during the first spacewalk of the mission, due to take place today.
Discovery crew arrive safely at ISS