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Fuglesang and Crew Board ISS

Published måndag 31 augusti 2009 kl 09.58
Christer Fuglesang on the International Space Station

Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang and his crewmates on the space shuttle Discovery successfully docked with the International Space Station in the early hours of Monday morning.

Fuglesang and his six crewmates then boarded the space station and greeted the six member crew there who've been up in space for several months.

The astronauts will work together for a week, transfering more than 15,000 pounds of cargo to the station for those on board.

Fuglesang, who is on his second flight on Discovery, will carry out two space walks to remove and replace a materials processing experiment outside the European Space Agency's Columbus module and return an empty ammonia tank assembly.

After Friday night's launch Fuglesang, wrote a message for the Swedish National Space Board's website:

"We're underway! It feels less shaky than last time. I haven't had much time to look outside yet, we've worked hard, but Discovery is now properly configured for space. Weightlessness is just as fun as last time. I've had a small and very late dinner, and now I'll sleep."

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