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Russian Cosmonaut Takes Over Command of the ISS

13. May 2013 by Lorena 0 Comments

Chris Hadfield, the wildly popular Canadian commander of the International Space Station is coming back to earth. He’s just handed the reins to Russian Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. Vinogradov, will lead Expedition 36 on the ISS.


This is Vinogradov’s third space mission. He lived aboard space station Mir for 197 days in 1997 and 1998. His second mission included a 182 day stay on the ISS in 2006. On this trip, he and his fellow crew members on the Soyuz spacecraft set a record for the fastest trip into space. The first group to use the expedited route to the laboratory, they docked just six hours after takeoff, instead of the usual two days.


A few weeks ago, 59-year-old Vinogradov also became the world’s oldest spacewalker.  He ventured outside with fellow cosmonaut Roman Romanenko to perform maintenance work on the International Space Station. Vinogradov will turn 60 on the space station this August and has been a cosmonaut for 20 years.


Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr