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Expedition 39 Crew

The Expedition 39 crew poses in front of a picture of the space station orbiting Earth The Expedition 39 crew has completed its mission on the International Space Station. Crew members were from the United States, Russia and Japan.

On Nov. 6, 2013, Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin and Richard Mastracchio launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. A little more than six hours later, they docked with the space station and joined the Expedition 38 crew. They stayed aboard to make up the first half of the Expedition 39 crew.

Astronaut Koichi Wakata was the Expedition 39 commander. He is from Japan. This mission was his third trip to the space station. He flew on two space shuttle missions and stayed on the space station for one of those earlier missions. He was the first Japanese astronaut to command the space station!

Astronaut Richard Mastracchio was an Expedition 39 flight engineer. He is from Connecticut. He had visited the space station three times before on space shuttle missions. But this mission was his first long-term stay on the space station.

Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin was an Expedition 39 flight engineer. He is from Russia. As a boy, he wanted to be a hockey player. But his parents encouraged him to study engineering in college. Later he became a cosmonaut. This mission was his third trip to the space station. He has spent more than one year in space!

On March 25, 2014, Steve Swanson, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev launched to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the other three members of the Expedition 39 crew already on the station.

Astronaut Steve Swanson was an Expedition 39 flight engineer. He stayed and became the Expedition 40 commander. He is from Colorado and loves camping. He had visited the space station two times before on space shuttle missions. But this mission was his first long-term stay on the space station.

Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov was an Expedition 39 flight engineer. He is from Russia. Before becoming a cosmonaut, Skvortsov was a military pilot. His father was a military pilot too. This was his second stay aboard the International Space Station.

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev was an Expedition 39 flight engineer. He is from Latvia. He began training to be a cosmonaut in 2003. This mission was his first trip to space.

A round mission patch with the crew members' names around the edge. The center of the patch features the space station and a Soyuz spacecraft with number 39 The Expedition 39 Mission Patch

The Expedition 39 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. The names of the six crew members line the edge of the patch. The International Space Station is in the center of the patch, and a Soyuz spacecraft is in the lower right with the number "39."

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