Nasa’s space shuttle Endeavour successfully anchored itself to the International Space Station last Friday.

The spacecraft carried equipment for the Japanese Kibo laboratory and seven crew members to the space station where, following leak checks, the hatches where opened creating a 13-member space crew, the largest in history.

The spacecraft approached each other at 28,000km/h and had a margin of error of 4.5cm to complete the docking procedure.

The STS-127 mission will also include five spacewalks.

The Endeavour crew has already completed the first spacewalk and is preparing to make the second.