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December 17 – 23, 2012 / Vol 31, No 51 / Hawai`i Island, USA

14 Dec 2012, 21:41 UTC
December 17 – 23, 2012 / Vol 31, No 51 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Expedition 35 to See 1st Canada Commander, More Firsts to Come

The final 3 members of Expedition 34 are set to launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 19, 18:12 local time. Docking about 2 days later, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield (L), Roscosmos Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (M) and NASA Astronaut Tom Marshburn (R) will begin their 5 month stay until their scheduled departure on May 14, 2013. The current ISS crew, Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin are scheduled to depart March 15, 2013, marking the start of Expedition 35. One day prior to his trip back home, Commander Ford will formally welcome Hadfield as the 1st Canada Commander of the ISS. Hadfield is also the 1st Canadian to fly as a Mission Specialist, walk in space, operate Canadarm in orbit and is the only Canadian to board the Russian Space Station Mir. The 6-member crew will continue experiments in biological / physical sciences, technology development, Earth observations and research for long-duration expeditions. Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos will launch in early 2015, becoming the 1st crew to undergo a ...

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