The New Crew
The Expedition 13 crew traveled to the International Space Station on March 29, 2006. Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Jeffrey Williams lived and worked on the ISS until Sept. 28, 2006.
Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter joined the crew in July. He stayed on the ISS after Vinogradov and Williams left. He then became part of Expedition 14.
Commander Vinogradov is from Russia. He was in charge of the mission. U.S. astronaut Williams helped him make sure everything on the station worked well. Williams was in charge of the science experiments.
Vinogradov and Williams studied how the human body works in space. They conducted many experiments.
Before traveling to the station, the crew practiced using the tools that would be used in space.
On July 6, 2007, the Space Shuttle Discovery brought a third crewmember to the station, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter.
Expedition 13 was the first three-person crew since the Expedition 6 crew returned to Earth on May 4, 2003.
The crew's patch has Vinogradov, Williams and Reiter's names and the space station on it. Three trails that look like a U.S. flag, a German flag and a Russian flag stretch from Earth to the station. These trails are a reminder that the United States, Germany and Russia are three of the nations working together to build the ISS.
Earth's moon and Mars are also on the patch. The crew wanted us to think of the Vision for Space Exploration when we see the patch.
One day we hope to send people to the moon and to Mars. The space station plays an important part in the plan to take us there.
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