Hatches Open Between Shuttle and Station

The crews have opened hatches between the two spacecraft and will be conducting the traditional Welcoming Ceremony. About 30 minutes later, Discovery mission specialist Nicole Stott and station Flight Engineer Tim Kopra will exchange Soyuz seat liners and titles, as Stott becomes a station Flight Engineer and Kopra a shuttle mission specialist. NASA Television will air a Mission Status news briefing at midnight to recap today’s rendezvous and docking activities.