The Expedition 27 Crew
The Expedition 27 crew has completed its mission!
The members of the crew were Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli, Cady Coleman, Ron Garan, Alexander Samokutyaev, and Andrey Borisenko.
Cady Coleman, Dmitri Kondratyev and Paolo Nespoli joined the Expedition 26 crew on the space station in December 2010. In April 2011, Ron Garan, Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko flew to the station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined Coleman, Nespoli and Kondratyev to complete the Expedition 27 crew.
Cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev was the Expedition 27 commander. He is a colonel in the Russian air force. This was Kondratyev's first trip into space.
European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli was one of the flight engineers for Expeditions 26 and 27. In 2007, Nespoli visited the station as a member of the STS-120 crew. He helped deliver the Italian-built Harmony node.
Astronaut Cady Coleman was a flight engineer for Expedition 27. She is a colonel in the United States Air Force. This was her third trip into space.
Ron Garan was a flight engineer for Expedition 27. Garan had been to the station before. He visited in June 2008 as part of the STS-124 crew.
Cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev is in the Russian air force. This was his first trip into space.
Cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko was an Expedition 27 flight engineer. This was Borisenko's first spaceflight.
The Expedition 27 Mission Patch
The Expedition 27 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. The patch is a rounded diamond shape. The International Space Station covers most of the patch. The station is an important reminder of how people from all over Earth are working as a team.
The Southern Cross constellation with its five stars is seen along with the sun. They stand for the six international crew members who live and work on the space station.
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