Orbital Rendezvous: Shuttle Astronauts Arrive at Space Station

Orbital Rendezvous: Shuttle Astronauts Arrive at Space Station
The space shuttle Atlantis sits berthed at the International Space Station after a June 10, 2007 docking during NASA's STS-117 mission to add new solar arrays and trusses to the orbital laboratory. (Image credit: NASA TV.)

This story was updated at 7:37 p.m. EDT.

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?We had just a picture perfect rendezvous and docking,? Koerner said, lauding the grace with which Atlantis and the

Atlantis and its seven-astronaut

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Ker Than is a science writer and children's book author who joined Space.com as a Staff Writer from 2005 to 2007. Ker covered astronomy and human spaceflight while at Space.com, including space shuttle launches, and has authored three science books for kids about earthquakes, stars and black holes. Ker's work has also appeared in National Geographic, Nature News, New Scientist and Sky & Telescope, among others. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from UC Irvine and a master's degree in science journalism from New York University. Ker is currently the Director of Science Communications at Stanford University.