Shuttle crew welcomed aboard ISS 国际空间站欢迎奋力号船员登
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The crew of the shuttle Endeavour has been welcomed aboard the International Space Station (ISS).


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Debris that struck the shuttle during launch is not concerning officials

The hatches(孵化,舱口) between the craft opened to bring together the largest number of astronauts ever assembled in orbit, 13.

A few hours later, the ISS had to be moved into a higher orbit, to avoid a possible collision with space debris(碎片).

The seven-strong crew who travelled to the station on Endeavour are delivering the final part of a Japanese-built laboratory, spare parts and food.

They joined six astronauts already at the space station, for an 11-day visit.

Before docking, Endeavour back-flipped so the ISS could photograph it for any sign of damage, after foam2 peeled(去皮的) off during Wednesday's much-delayed launch.

Shortly after the Endeavour crew boarded, ground control ordered the ISS team to use the shuttle's thrusters(矫正舱身用火箭) to move the station about 1.5km (0.93 miles) higher, to avoid drifting unspecified space junk.

"We've known about it for several days, it's not a concern, and we're doing this only as a precaution," Nasa said in a post on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

Debris strike

After parking Endeavour on Friday and carrying out safety checks, the shuttle crew floated through the hatches shortly before 1600 EDT (2000 GMT).

The orbiter docked at the ISS about two hours earlier, some 220 miles (350km) above the Gulf3 of Carpentaria, off the north coast of Australia.

Although the shuttle moved towards the space station at about 3cm per second during the delicate parking procedure, both spacecraft were travelling at 17,500mph (28,160km/h).

It was the first time representatives from the main station partners - the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada - were brought together in space.

"Welcome," said the station's skipper(船长,主将), Russian Gennady Padalka, at the entrance.

Shuttle commander Mark Polansky said: "Thirteen is a pretty big number. We are just thrilled to be here."

'Minor4 dings'

Although 13 people have been in orbit before, they were in different spacecraft. The previous highest number of astronauts under the same roof in orbit was 10.

Shortly before berthing5, Endeavour performed a nine-minute back-flip, known as a rendezvous6(约会,约会地点) pitch manoeuvre7, allowing the ISS crew to capture up to 300 photographs of the shuttle's thermal8 protection system.

The images were taken after a considerable amount of foam insulation9 peeled away from the shuttle's fuel tank and struck it during Wednesday's launch.

Apart from "a few minor dings" in some thermal protection tiles, Nasa officials have said there does not seem to be any cause for concern.

But the pictures are being examined by engineers back at mission control to ensure there is no damage that could jeopardise the shuttle's re-entry through the Earth's atmosphere.

Endeavour and its crew of six Americans and a Canadian launched successfully from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday - after five failed attempts.

Previous efforts to begin the 16-day mission had been hampered10 by bad weather and fuel leaks.

During the mission, five spacewalks - each expected to last 6.5 hours - are to be completed.

The first, scheduled for Saturday, will add a platform to the Japanese laboratory complex, Kibo, which can be used for experiments that require materials to be exposed to the harsh environment of space.

In addition, Endeavour delivered a new long-stay US crew member, Tim Kopra, to the ISS and will bring back Japan's Koichi Wakata, who has lived aboard the platform for more than three months.

The $100bn space station, now about the size of a four-bedroom house, has been under construction for more than a decade.

This is the 127th space shuttle flight, the 29th to the station, the 23rd for Endeavour and the third in 2009.

Seven further flights to the platform remain planned before the shuttles retire in 2010.


1 debris debris     
  • After the bombing there was a lot of debris everywhere.轰炸之后到处瓦砾成堆。
  • Bacteria sticks to food debris in the teeth,causing decay.细菌附着在牙缝中的食物残渣上,导致蛀牙。
2 foam LjOxI     
  • The glass of beer was mostly foam.这杯啤酒大部分是泡沫。
  • The surface of the water is full of foam.水面都是泡沫。
3 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
4 minor e7fzR     
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
5 berthing 1f2c44a99ad5fab7060c5b8f3d77e3c0     
v.停泊( berth的现在分词 );占铺位;边板
  • He was berthing below with the refugees. 他和难民们一起呆在下面的铺位上。 来自辞典例句
  • The berthing velocity, angle and maxi-mal displacement of wharf are monitored. 测试了船舶靠泊时的靠泊速度和角度以及码头的最大位移。 来自互联网
6 rendezvous XBfzj     
  • She made the rendezvous with only minutes to spare.她还差几分钟时才来赴约。
  • I have a rendezvous with Peter at a restaurant on the harbour.我和彼得在海港的一个餐馆有个约会。
7 manoeuvre 4o4zbM     
  • Her withdrawal from the contest was a tactical manoeuvre.她退出比赛是一个战术策略。
  • The clutter of ships had little room to manoeuvre.船只橫七竖八地挤在一起,几乎没有多少移动的空间。
8 thermal 8Guyc     
  • They will build another thermal power station.他们要另外建一座热能发电站。
  • Volcanic activity has created thermal springs and boiling mud pools.火山活动产生了温泉和沸腾的泥浆池。
9 insulation Q5Jxt     
  • Please examine the insulation of the electric wires in my house.请检查一下我屋子里电线的绝缘情况。
  • It is always difficult to assure good insulation between the electric leads.要保证两个电触头之间有良好的绝缘总是很困难的。
10 hampered 3c5fb339e8465f0b89285ad0a790a834     
妨碍,束缚,限制( hamper的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The search was hampered by appalling weather conditions. 恶劣的天气妨碍了搜寻工作。
  • So thought every harassed, hampered, respectable boy in St. Petersburg. 圣彼德堡镇的那些受折磨、受拘束的体面孩子们个个都是这么想的。
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