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New Expedition 34 Crew Members Welcomed Aboard Station
12.21.12
 
The six-member Expedition 34 crew participates in a welcome ceremony

The six-member Expedition 34 crew participates in a welcome ceremony with family members and mission officials. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 34 Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko and Chris Hadfield docked their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft to the International Space Station’s Rassvet module at 9:09 a.m. EST on Friday after spending two days in orbit.

The hatches between the Soyuz and the Rassvet module were opened at 11:37 a.m. and Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin welcomed their new crewmates aboard. The six-member crew will take part in a welcome ceremony with family members and mission officials then participate in a safety briefing.

› Watch the docking and hatch opening

Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield launched at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday (6:12 p.m. Baikonur time) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

› Watch the launch video
› Watch the crew's launch day preparations

Expedition 34 will be a six-member crew until March 2013 when Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin undock from the Poisk module and return home inside the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft for a landing in Kazakhstan. When they undock Expedition 35 will officially begin as Hadfield becomes commander staying behind with Marshburn and Romanenko before finally returning home in May 2013.

The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft launches

Expedition 34 Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko and Chris Hadfield launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: NASA TV

Hadfield last visited the station in April 2001 aboard space shuttle Endeavour as an STS-100 mission specialist. He helped install the Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm, during two spacewalks. Hadfield will be Canada’s first station commander when Expedition 35 begins.

Marshburn went to the station in July 2009 aboard shuttle Endeavour for the STS-127 mission. He performed three spacewalks to help complete the construction of the Japanese Kibo laboratory module.

Romanenko served as a flight engineer for Expedition 20/21 for six months in 2009.

› Read more about Expedition 34
› Watch the Expedition 34 crew profile

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