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The Expedition 12 Crew

The Expedition 12 crew launched on Sept. 30, 2005. They came back to Earth on April 8, 2006.

Each space station crew designs a patch before its mission. This crew made the space station the most important part of their patch. The moon and Mars stand for NASA's plans to go both places soon. The crew number is written in Roman numerals -- XII.

Astronaut William McArthur Jr. and cosmonaut Valery Tokarev lived on the station for more than six months.

They celebrated a special day while they were on the station. On Nov. 2, 2006, people had lived on the station for five years!

The crew walked in space two times. Walking in space may sound like a lot of fun. But for the crew, it's all work.

The crew must wear space suits during spacewalks. These suits are like little spaceships. They keep the crewmembers alive while they are out of the station.

A cargo ship flew to the station in late December. It brought water, food, air and goodies from home. It also delivered things that kept the station running, like fuel.

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Page Last Updated: January 21st, 2014
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