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Borisenko Hands Over Command to Fossum

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:58 am via: NASA
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Expedition 28 Commander Andrey Borisenko handed over station command duties to Flight Engineer Mike Fossum. Fossum will command Expedition 29. The traditional Change of Command Ceremony took place at 5:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

Borisenko along with Flight Engineers Ron Garan and Alexander Samokutyaev will end their mission when they undock Thursday at 8:38 p.m. They will land in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft at 12 a.m. Friday (10 a.m. Kazakhstan time).

Expedition 29 will officially begin when the departing trio undocks from the Poisk mini-research module. Remaining onboard the station with Fossum for another three months are Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov.

The crew members shifted their sleep schedule Wednesday to accommodate departure activities. The departing trio are completing their final exercises aboard the station and wrapping up packing. Meanwhile, the crew continues its normal science and maintenance tasks.

Fossum, Furukawa and Garan collected samples of their own blood and saliva as part of the Integrated Immune experiment. In order to develop an effective monitoring system, the study assesses the risks of microgravity, radiation and stress on the human immune system. The ongoing experiment began during Expedition 16 and will run through Expedition 32.

Furukawa checked cables and stowed gear from the Marangoni experiment in the Kibo laboratory. The research observes how liquids flow and heat transfers in microgravity.

In between crew handover activities, Fossum manually filled the flush water tank on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment. He also talked to college students from Foggia, Italy, during a HAM radio session.

Volkov checked a botany experiment and monitored sanitary conditions aboard the station. The veteran resident accepted responsibility for the Russian segment of the station after signing a handover document with Borisenko.

The next trio due to arrive at the station is NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin. Their launch is under review while Russian space officials investigate the loss of a Progress resupply craft in August.

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