CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Handshakes, hugs and a "good to see you" were plentiful as the International Space Station crew welcomed their shuttle mates aboard today.
Endeavour astronauts are delivering a new room and observation deck that will come close to completing construction 200 miles above Earth.
The midnight rendezvous occurred as the two spacecraft sailed over the Atlantic, just west of Portugal. It took longer than normal to lock the shuttle and station together because of the relative motion between the two.
Space station commander Jeffrey Williams says he's happy to see his friends, "because we haven't seen many people other than the crew for a long time."
The shuttle's six astronauts were impressed with what they saw
as they floated in.
Endeavour commander, George Zamka called the orbiting outpost
"spectacular and shiny."
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