The Expedition 19 Crew
The Expedition 19 crew has completed its mission. The crew is staying on the space station and is now part of the Expedition 20 crew.
Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka was the Expedition 19 commander. One of the flight engineers for this mission was astronaut Michael Barratt. The men flew to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They launched on March 26, 2009.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, the other Expedition 19 flight engineer, was already on the space station. He flew to the station on the STS-119 space shuttle mission.
The Expedition 19 mission was cosmonaut Gennady Padalka's second stay on the space station. In 2004, he spent six months on the space station as the commander of the Expedition 9 mission.
Astronaut Michael Barratt made his first trip to space for the Expedition 19 mission. He is a medical doctor. Before he became an astronaut, Barratt worked as a crew surgeon for NASA.
Expedition 19 was the last three-person crew to live on the space station. Starting with Expedition 20, six astronauts are living and working aboard the space station!
The patch shows the space station orbiting Earth. Earth is a large part of the patch because the space station is going to be used to study Earth. The sun, Earth's brightest daytime star, peeks out from behind Earth.
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