The Expedition 23 Crew
NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov arrived at the International Space Station on Dec. 22, 2009. They were part of the Expedition 22 crew. On March 18, 2010, they became part of Expedition 23.
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov was the Expedition 23 commander. He had been a flight engineer for Expedition 22. He performed a spacewalk outside the space station in January 2010.
NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi were flight engineers for Expedition 23. Both of them had been flight engineers on Expedition 22.
In April 2010, NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Alexander Skvortsov launched on a Soyuz rocket. They docked with the space station and joined the Expedition 23 crew on April 4, 2010.
This was the first trip to space for Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Alexander Skvortsov. Both of them were flight engineers on Expedition 23.
This was NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson's second trip to space. She visited the station in 2007 as part of the STS-118 space shuttle crew. She was a flight engineer on Expedition 23. This was her first time living on the station.
The Expedition 23 Mission Patch
The beautiful planet Earth is in the spotlight on the Expedition 23 mission patch. The International Space Station is shown in orbit around Earth. The patch has the Roman numeral XXIII for the number 23. The flags of Russia, Japan and the United States are used in place of the numeral I. These flags show where the Expedition 23 crew members are from. The two stars show that two teams made up the crew.
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