Former Gonzaga Prep student arrives at International Space Station
Three astronauts who launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft have entered the International Space Station after spending nearly eight hours in their tiny capsule.
.@AstroAnnimal, @Astro_DavidS and Oleg Kononenko are welcomed aboard the International @Space_Station when the hatches between their spacecraft and the orbiting laboratory officially opened at 2:37pm ET today. Learn more: https://t.co/FRrjhIw77o pic.twitter.com/Jln4vpTlc7
— NASA (@NASA) December 3, 2018
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, a former student at Gonzaga Prep high school, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos were greeted upon arrival Monday by the station’s current crew members, who had waited outside the capsule’s hatch.
The hatch was opened at 11:40 Monday morning while the station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen.
Students at Gonzaga Prep have been watching much of the takeoff and arrival from their classrooms.
McClain graduated from the high school in 1997. Her math teacher and softball coach, Shari Manikowski, was invited to watch the launch from Houston.
The City of Spokane has declared the day Anne McClaine Day.
Today Spokane’s very own, Anne McClain launched into space. To celebrate her incredible achievements Mayor Condon has proclaimed Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 as Anne McClain Day! � #AnneMcClainDay @AstroAnnimal https://t.co/QqoOqN5cJz pic.twitter.com/dFvEz4BYWQ
— City of Spokane (@SpokaneCity) December 3, 2018
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