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Homebound Trio Hands over Station Command

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Homebound Trio Hands over Station Command

Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov handed over control of the International Space Station Monday at 2:25 p.m. EDT in a traditional Change of Command Ceremony. Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin will take over command and officially lead Expedition 37 when Expedition 36 undocks Tuesday at 7:35 p.m.

Going home with Vinogradov are Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy and Alexander Misurkin, who arrived at the station March 28. They will land a few hours later in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft at 10:58 p.m. (8:58 a.m. Wednesday Kazakhstan time). Soyuz landing coverage begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. with farewell and hatch closure.

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Expedition 36 Hands of the Space Station to Expedition 37

The reins of the International Space Station were passed from Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov to fellow Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut and Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin during a ceremony on the orbital outpost on Sept. 9. Vinogradov and crewmates Chris Cassidy of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Rosocosmos arrived at the station on March 29 and will land on the steppe of Kazakhstan on Sept. 11 in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft. Yurchikhin, Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency will be joined on Sept. 26 by Expedition 37/38 crew members Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos.

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Source: NASA - Multimedia

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