Expedition 33 Crew
The Expedition 33 crew has completed its mission on the International Space Station. Crew members were from the United States, Russia and Japan.
On July 14, 2012, Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Akihiko Hoshide launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They docked with the space station three days later and joined the Expedition 32 crew. They stayed aboard to make up the first half of the Expedition 33 crew.
Astronaut Sunita Williams was the Expedition 33 commander. She grew up in Massachusetts. She was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy. This mission was her second stay on the space station. Her first mission lasted 195 days. That set a record for the longest spaceflight for a woman.
Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko was an Expedition 33 flight engineer. He is from Russia. This was his third trip to the space station. He has spent over 600 days in space!
Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide was an Expedition 33 flight engineer. He is from Japan. He visited the space station during a space shuttle mission in 2008. Before becoming an astronaut, Hoshide trained future astronauts for JAXA, Japan's space agency.
On Oct. 23, 2012, Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin launched to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the other three members of the Expedition 33 crew already on the station.
Astronaut Kevin Ford was an Expedition 33 flight engineer. He is from Indiana. He stayed and became the Expedition 34 commander. This mission was his second visit to the space station. He went to the station in 2009 as the pilot of space shuttle Discovery.
Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin were Expedition 33 flight engineers. They were flying for the Russian space agency, called Roscosmos. This was the first trip to space for both of them.
The Expedition 33 Mission Patch
The Expedition 33 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. The names of the crew members are along the edges of the patch. The flags from the United States, Russia and Japan are near the bottom, below the space station. The XXXIII are Roman numerals for 33. The five white stars represent the partners participating in the International Space Station Program -- Canada, European countries, Japan, Russia and the United States.
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