Astronaut E. Michael Fincke, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, commanded the Expedition 18 mission. He previously served as flight engineer and NASA Space Station science officer on Expedition 9 in 2004. During Fincke's first stay at the International Space Station, he performed four spacewalks.› Biography →
Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, a colonel in the Russian Air Force, served as a flight engineer and Soyuz commander for Expedition 18. This was his third trip to the station. Lonchakov was a mission specialist on STS-100, which visited the orbital outpost in 2001, and he returned to the station in 2002 as part of the Soyuz TMA-1 crew.› Biography →
Astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff flew to the station on shuttle mission STS-124 and returned to Earth on STS-126. Chamitoff previously served as a crew member on the Aquarius undersea research habitat for nine days as part of the NEEMO 3 mission. This was Chamitoff's first space flight. He served as a flight engineer and NASA Space Station science officer for Expeditions 17 and 18.› Biography →
Astronaut Sandra H. Magnus flew to the station on STS-126 and returned to Earth on STS-119. She previously served as a mission specialist on STS-112, which visited the station in 2002. She served as a flight engineer and NASA Space Station science officer for Expedition 18.
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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata flew to the station on STS-119 and served as flight engineer for Expeditions 18, 19 and 20. Wakata was the first resident station crew member from JAXA. He returned to Earth on STS-127.› Biography →
American Richard Garriott flew to the International Space Station on a Soyuz spacecraft with the Expedition 18 crew and returned on a Soyuz spacecraft with the Expedition 17 crew under a commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency.
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