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Expedition 24 Crew Members Prepare for Landing

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:22 am via: NASA
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Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko conducted Soyuz descent training in advance of their departure on Sept. 23. Once they undock, Expedition 25 will begin its increment with Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Mikhail Kornienko continuing their stay on the International Space Station.

All six crew members spent some time Friday discussing handover of responsibilities in the event of an emergency before crew departure. The ceremonial Change-of-Command from Skvortsov to Wheelock takes place Wednesday.

Three new station crew members prepared for their October launch with a news conference in Star City, Russia. They then traveled to Moscow for traditional pre-launch activities at the Kremlin Wall. Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka will join Expedition 25 when they dock in the new Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft.

Hurricane activity this week captured the crew’s attention as they videotaped storms in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Hurricane Julia was videotaped following Hurricane Igor in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Karl was videotaped in the Pacific Ocean as it reached the western coast of Mexico near Veracruz.

The crew also performed eye exams, transferred cargo from the new ISS Progress 39 resupply ship and stowed gear from the MARES, or Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System.

It must get pretty confusing up there with two guys called Mikhail Kornienko on board. I bet the one that's staying will be glad to see the other one go.

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