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NASA Astronauts Change Command Aboard ISS

As is customary (with a few exceptions) the standard mission tour for all astronauts aboard the ISS (International Space Station) is six months.

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Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra (front center) swapped station command with Flight Engineer Jeff Williams (front left). Credit: NASA TV

At 9:20 a.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams assumed command of the International Space Station from astronaut Tim Kopra of NASA in a traditional Change of Command ceremony. Expedition 48 will officially begin under Williams’ command when the Soyuz spacecraft carrying Kopra, Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko undocks from the space station early Saturday morning.

Their return will mark the end of 186 days on board the station for the trio.

Expedition 48 will officially begin the moment the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the Expedition 47 crew undocks from the Rassvet module. Williams and cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin will continue station operations awaiting a new trio of crew members due to launch July 7 and arrive two days later.

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