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Flight Day 3

Last Updated: June 3, 2008

JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and the other STS-124 crewmembers welcomed by the ISS crew. (Image credit: NASA)

Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the ISS at 3:03 a.m. today.

The hatches between Discovery and the ISS were opened at 4:36 a.m. Following the hatch opening, the STS-124 crewmembers were welcomed by the ISS crew.

A Soyuz seat liner for NASA astronaut Gregory Chamitoff was moved from Discovery to the Soyuz spacecraft being docked to the ISS. Now, Chamitoff officially became the ISS Expedition 17 crew taking over Garret Reisman's former position as an ISS flight engineer.

Prior to the shuttle's docking to the ISS, Discovery performed the R-bar Pitch Maneuver (RPM) just below the ISS. During the RPM operation, the ISS crew took photos of Discovery's heat shield with 400 and 800 mm lens cameras. The photos taken during the RPM were downlinked to the ground for the engineer team to assess whether the shuttle's Thermal Protection System (TPS) is safe for reentry.

Hoshide's activity on FD3

During the rendezvous/docking operations, Hoshide assisted with the docking maneuver obtaining the distance data between Discovery and the ISS by using the laser range systems. After docking, he did several tasks related to the Orbiter Docking Mechanism (ODS), which included the mechanism's leak check.

Thereafter he set up the ISS inboard TV camera, and initiated the transfer operations between the shuttle's middeck and ISS. At the end of the day, he reviewed the procedures of the tomorrow's spacewalk, which is the mission's first spacewalk, along with the other crewmembers.

Discovery's crew went to sleep at 11:32 a.m. today and will wake up at 7:32 p.m. (also today in Japan) to start their FD4 activities.

For more information, please log on to NASA STS-124 Status Report.

*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST)

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