The Expedition 15 Crew
The Expedition 15 crew has completed its mission. The Russian crew stayed the same for the entire mission. But the U.S. crew changed two times! The commander of the crew was Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. He and cosmonaut Oleg Kotov flew to the station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They launched on April 7, 2007.
Astronaut Sunita Williams was waiting for them on the station. She had been on the station since Dec. 9, 2006. She traveled there on the space shuttle Discovery.
She lived and worked with the crew until the STS-117 shuttle mission arrived at the space station. At that time, astronaut Clayton Anderson took Williams' place. Anderson worked as a flight engineer for Expedition 15. He will stay on the space station as part of the Expedition 16 crew.
The Expedition 15 mission patch changed several times during the mission. Each time the crew changed, the names on the patch changed, too. The artwork stayed the same for the entire mission. In the center of the Expedition 15 patch is a flat map of the world. The yellow dots on the map stand for the mission control centers in the U.S. and Russia. The artist formed the Roman numeral XV (15) in the middle of the patch. The Russian and U.S. flags are shown coming out from each side of a picture of the space station with the shuttle docked to it. The flags join together to show that the two countries are working together to complete the station.
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