ISS014-E-10265 (19 Dec. 2006) --- The Expedition 14 and STS-116 crew members gather for a group portrait in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery was docked with the station. From the left (front row) are astronauts William A. (Bill) Oefelein, STS-116 pilot; Joan E. Higginbotham and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Thomas Reiter, both STS-116 mission specialists. From the left (center row) are astronauts Mark L. Polansky, STS-116 commander; Robert L. Curbeam Jr., Nicholas J. M. Patrick and European Space Agency's (ESA) Christer Fuglesang, all STS-116 mission specialists. From the left (back row) are cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, Expedition 14 flight engineer representing Russia's Federal Space Agency; astronauts Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, Expedition 14 commander and NASA space station science officer; and Sunita L. Williams, Expedition flight engineer. Shortly after the two spacecraft docked on Dec. 11, Williams became a member of the station crew. At the same time, Reiter became a Discovery crew member for his ride home, completing about six months in space.



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