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Crews Conduct Handover Ceremony

Submitted by Arthur N1ORC -  AMSAT A/C #31468

*Crews Conduct Handover Ceremony*

On Friday, the Expedition 10 crew formally turned over control of the 
International Space Station to Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev 
and NASA ISS Science Officer John Phillips. They held the handover 
ceremony two days before the Expedition 10 crewmembers -- Commander 
Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov -- are scheduled to 
leave the Station.

Change-of-command ceremony Image to left: Station crewmembers conduct 
the change-of-command ceremony. Photo Credit: NASA TV

Krikalev and Phillips arrived at the Station on April 16 aboard a Soyuz 
TMA spacecraft that also carried European Space Agency Astronaut Roberto 
Vittori of Italy. While Chiao and Sharipov briefed the Expedition 11 
crew about the current state of Station systems and operations, Vittori 
conducted a series of scientific experiments.

The Expedition 10 crewmembers return to Earth on Sunday aboard the same 
Soyuz TMA spacecraft that delivered them to the Station. Vittori will 
ride with them. They are scheduled to undock from the Station at 2:41 
p.m. EDT and land at 6:08 p.m. in Kazakhstan.

NASA TV coverage <http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html> of 
hatch closure and undocking begins at 9 a.m. EDT.
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