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The Expedition 15 crew members have returned home.



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Expedition 15 Returns Home*
21 October 2007

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Expediton 15 and 16 crews Image above: The 
crew members onboard the International Space Station pose for a group 
photo in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station. 
Credit: NASA
TO VIEW IMAGE GO 
TO:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

The Expedition 15 crew members have returned home.

After bidding farewell to the Expedition 16 crew Saturday night, the 
Expedition 15 crew, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg 
Kotov, boarded their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft for the return to Earth. 
They undocked from the station around 3:14 a.m. EDT Sunday and landed in 
the steppes of Kazakhstan at 6:36 a.m.

+ Read more about the Soyuz landing 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/exp15_landing.html> 


Joining Expedition 15 for the journey home was spaceflight participant 
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a Malaysian flying under an agreement with the 
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). He arrived at the station with 
the Expedition 16 crew, Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri 
Malenchenko, on Oct 12.

At a change of command ceremony Friday afternoon, the Expedition 15 crew 
formally handed over command of the station to Expedition 16.

Accepting command of the station from Yurchikhin, Whitson remarked, 
"It's been a very impressive mission, and you guys have performed 
exceptionally."

Flight Engineer Clay Anderson, who joined Expedition 15 in June, will 
remain onboard as a member of Expedition 16, until his replacement, 
astronaut Dan Tani, arrives on the STS-120 shuttle mission later this 
month.

+ View crew daily timelines 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/timelines/index.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 15 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition15/index.html>
+ Read more about Expedition 16 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition16/index.html>
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