Canadian Space History - Two Canadians Meet in Space
40 years ago history was made when Neil Armstrong made his first tiny steps on the moon. Today Canada made space history, for the first time two Canadian astronauts met in space.
The space shuttle Endeavour, carrying Julie Payette, docked with the International Space Station at 1:47pm ET with Robert Thirsk aboard. Thirsk has been on the space station since May.
Hatches were opened between the Space station and the shuttle at 3:48 pm ET, after Commander Gennady Padalka rang the bell as part of the official ceremony.
Two Canadian astronauts took part in a historic meeting Friday afternoon, after the space shuttle carrying Julie Payette docked with the International Space Station, the orbiting platform where Robert Thirsk has been stationed since May.
After a two-day chase in orbit, Endeavour docked at the space station at 1:47 p.m. ET.
Hatches between them were opened at 3:48 p.m., and astronauts on either side waved vigorously at each other before station commander Gennady Padalka rang the ship’s bell signalling the Endeavour's arrival as part of a welcome ceremony.