This story is interesting in that it may be the first ever "local hop" flown in a spacecraft. Earth-bound pilots are familiar with the concept of heading out for a local sight-seeing flight just for the fun of it. Sometimes we'll stop at a local restaurant for a cup of coffee or a "hundred dollar hamburger." Or we'll just motor around the local area on a fine evening to enjoy the experience of flight, then wander back home and tie down for the night.
Jul 3, 2009
This sounds like the space equivalent. Albeit there was a purpose - to move the Soyuz lifeboat to another dock. But I can imagine the conversations in the space station leading up to the "flight."
"So, I'm going for a short trip to the other side of the station. Anyone want to come along for the ride?"