SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A brief visit from space shuttle astronauts has made life more enjoyable for the international space station crew. But station commander Bill Shepherd says they've still had plenty of work.
"We've been pretty busy cowboys and we've expressed that to the ground," Shepherd said. "We're having some really long days. But it's getting better."
Shepherd and his station crewmates, Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, worked side by side with space shuttle Endeavour's five astronauts for 25 hours, beginning Friday morning.
Endeavour's astronauts were the first visitors to space station Alpha since Shepherd and the Russian cosmonauts moved in Nov. 2.
Before joining the Alpha crew, the shuttle astronauts completed three spacewalks to install the space station's new electricity-producing solar wings.
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