New Expedition 34 Crew Members Welcomed Aboard Station
The six-member Expedition 34 crew
participates in a welcome ceremony
with family members and mission
Credit: NASA TV
The hatches between the Soyuz and the Rassvet module were opened at 11:37 a.m. and Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin welcomed their new crewmates aboard. The six-member crew will take part in a welcome ceremony with family members and mission officials then participate in a safety briefing.
› Watch the docking and hatch opening
Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield launched at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday (6:12 p.m. Baikonur time) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
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› Watch the crew's launch day preparations
Expedition 34 Flight Engineers Tom
Marshburn, Roman Romanenko and Chris
Hadfield launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-07M
spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Photo Credit: NASA TV
Hadfield last visited the station in April 2001 aboard space shuttle Endeavour as an STS-100 mission specialist. He helped install the Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm, during two spacewalks. Hadfield will be Canada’s first station commander when Expedition 35 begins.
Marshburn went to the station in July 2009 aboard shuttle Endeavour for the STS-127 mission. He performed three spacewalks to help complete the construction of the Japanese Kibo laboratory module.
Romanenko served as a flight engineer for Expedition 20/21 for six months in 2009.
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› Watch the Expedition 34 crew profile
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