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Expedition 22 Leaves Station, Expedition 23 Begins

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:05 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev have completed their mission aboard the International Space Station after 167 days. They entered the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft, then undocked from the Poisk Mini-Research Module at 4:03 a.m. EDT. After entering the Earth’s atmosphere they will parachute to a landing in Kazakhstan at 7:23 a.m.

Staying behind are Flight Engineers Soichi Noguchi and T.J. Creamer and new Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov. The trio, who will stay until June, joined Williams and Suraev after arriving in their Soyuz TMA-17 in December 2009.

The Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft carrying Expedition 22 crew members Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev undocks from the Poisk module. Credit: NASA TV

The Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft carrying Expedition 22 crew members Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev undocks from the Poisk module. Credit: NASA TV

Joining Expedition 23 and expanding the station crew to six will be Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko. They will arrive in the Soyuz TMA-18 on April 4.

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