Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Off-Duty Day for Station Crew

Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Max Suraev of the two-person International Space Station crew enjoyed their second of two off-duty days Wednesday.

Three more crew members, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi and NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, all flight engineers, are scheduled to launch on the Soyuz TMA-17 Dec. 20 and will arrive at the station Dec. 23.

Meanwhile, Expedition 21 crew members Frank De Winne, Roman Romanenko and Bob Thirsk arrived in Star City, Russia about 10 a.m. EST (about 6 p.m. Moscow time) Wednesday and were reunited with their families.

De Winne, Romanenko and Thirsk returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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