Sunday, May 22, 2011

Expedition 27: Change of Command

Kondratyev hands over command to Borisenko (right).

Expedition 27 will officially end Monday when Soyuz TMA-20 undocks from the ISS and heads for Earth. Dmitry Konratyev, Paulo Nespoli and Catherine Coleman have finished their stay aboard the station and will return back to their boring lives on the surface. If it were me I'd head straight to a Pizza restaurant.

For the first time, the Soyuz has been permitted to make a special fly around the ISS in order to get a last opportunity photo of space shuttle Endeavour docked with the ISS.

With the Soyuz undocking, command of ISS goes to Andrey Borisenko, who leads Expedition 27 continuing with astronaut Ronald Garen and cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev. New Expedition 28 crewmembers will arrive June 9th in another Soyuz crew capsule.

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