The Expedition 16 Crew
The Expedition 16 crew completed its mission in April 2008! The commander of the crew was NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. She and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko flew to the space station in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They launched on Oct. 10, 2007. Astronaut Clayton Anderson was waiting for them on the space station.
Anderson traveled to the space station in June of 2007 aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. He lived and worked with Whitson and Malenchenko on the space station.
In late October 2007, astronaut Daniel Tani traveled to the space station as part of the STS-120 crew on space shuttle Discovery. He took Clayton Anderson's place on the station as a flight engineer. Anderson returned to Earth on Discovery.
In early February 2008, Leopold Eyharts traveled to the space station as part of the STS-122 crew on space shuttle Atlantis. He is a European Space Agency astronaut from France. He took Daniel Tani's place on the station as a flight engineer. Tani returned to Earth on Atlantis.
In March 2008, astronaut Garrett Reisman traveled to the space station as part of the STS-123 crew on space shuttle Endeavour. He took Leopold Eyhart's place on the space station as a flight engineer. Eyhart returned to Earth on Endeavour. Reisman lived and worked with Whitson and Malenchenko on the space station until the Expedition 17 crew arrived.
The Expedition 16 mission was an important step toward going to the moon and Mars. NASA studied how astronauts' bodies change when they stay in space for months at a time. What they learned on the space station will help NASA plan for long trips to the moon, Mars and beyond!
Before its mission, the Expedition 16 crew designed a mission patch. This patch shows the space station as it will look when it is completely finished. The letters XVI are also on the patch. These are the Roman numerals for the number 16.
The black circle represents the moon. The space station is shown in the upper right of the circle. The patch symbolizes how work on the space station will help the astronauts who will one day go to the moon and beyond.
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