Expedition 29 Crew
The Expedition 29 crew has completed its mission. Crew members were from the United States, Russia and Japan.
On June 7, 2011, Sergei Volkov, Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They docked with the space station two days later and joined the Expedition 28 crew. They stayed aboard to make up the first half of the Expedition 29 crew.
Astronaut Mike Fossum was an Expedition 28 flight engineer. He was the commander of Expedition 29. He was a Boy Scout when he was younger. He earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Back on Earth, he is a scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop.
Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa was a flight engineer for Expedition 28. He was a flight engineer on Expedition 29 too. He is from Yokohama, Japan. He worked as a medical doctor before becoming an astronaut.
Cosmonaut Sergei Volkov was a flight engineer for Expedition 28. He was a flight engineer on Expedition 29 too. He grew up in Star City, Russia. Star City is home to the Russian space program. His father was also a cosmonaut!
On Nov. 13, 2011, Dan Burbank, Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz reached the space station on Nov. 16. They joined the other three members of the Expedition 29 crew already on the space station.
Astronaut Dan Burbank was an Expedition 29 flight engineer. He stayed on and became the Expedition 30 commander. He had visited the space station two times before on space shuttle missions.
Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin were Expedition 29 flight engineers. Both men are from Russia. Both are lieutenant colonels in the Russian Air Force. Expedition 29 was their first trip to space.
The Expedition 29 Mission Patch
The Expedition 29 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. The mission patch is round and has the crew members' names around the outside edge. A sailing ship is outlined at the bottom of the patch. The ship is Captain James Cook's ship named Endeavour. He sailed in the 1700s and mapped the oceans. A trail of stars connects the sailing ship to the space station orbiting above Earth. This shows that the space station continues to make new discoveries, just as early explorers did.
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