The International Space Station Expedition 27 Crew Pay Tribute to Canadarm2


2011-05-18 - On the eve of Canadarm2's 10-year anniversary, the Expedition 27 crew, consisting of cosmonauts Dmitry Kondratyev, Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko, NASA astronauts Cady Coleman and Ron Garan, and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli taped this tribute message from space. (Credit: NASA-CSA)

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We would like to greet you from the . I am cosmonaut of the Russian federal space agency (Rosscosmos) and Expedition 27 Commander, Dmitry Kondratyev, along with my friends...

Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA)...

Ron Garan, flight engineer from NASANASA...

Alexander Samokutyaev, engineer from RoscosmosRoscosmos...

Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer from RoscosmosRoscosmos...

Cady Coleman
On behalf of station crews past and present, it's my privilege to mark Canadarm2's 10th anniversary and its contribution to space station assembly. Without it, we would not have built this magnificent laboratory in space.

As a long-time member of the robotics team, getting to operate Canadarm2 to grapple, berth, relocate and release Japan's HTV2 were thrilling moments for Cady and I. We felt like we represented all the dedicated people working behind the scenes to make it look so effortless.

When you approach the Space Station for the first time, you're really filled with a sense of awe as you behold this incredible spaceship assembled by Canadarm2. You feel a strong sense of how nations working hand-in-hand – or should I say, arm-in-arm – can achieve great feats!

On behalf of our Space Station crew, and all those who have yet to live and work here from around the world, congratulations to all the teams who designed, built and now operate this magnificent robotics system.

Happy birthday, Canadarm2!