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Expedition 15 Takes Charge After Ceremony

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by Staff Writers
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 19, 2007
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin is now in charge of the International Space Station. Staying with him after Expedition 14 leaves are flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Suni Williams. The change-of-command ceremony took place in the Destiny laboratory at 4:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin and Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi leave the station April 21 in a Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft. They will land northeast of Arkalyk which is southeast of the usual landing site in Kazakhstan. The landing was delayed a day and moved farther south because wet ground at the initial site precluded helicopter operations there.

On Monday, Suni Williams became the first human to run the Boston Marathon in space. She finished the race on a specially designed treadmill in 4 hours, 23 minutes and ten seconds.

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ISS Crew Landing Put Off To Avoid Spring Floods
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 18, 2007
The landing of the 14th Expedition crew has been postponed for one day to avoid early spring flooding on the Kazakh steppe, a Russian space official said Tuesday.

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