The Expedition 22 Crew
NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev arrived at the International Space Station on Oct. 2, 2009. They were part of the Expedition 21 and Expedition 22 crews.
Astronaut Jeff Williams was the Expedition 22 commander. This was his second stay on the space station. The space station was almost twice as big as it was when he lived there in 2006.
Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev was a flight engineer for Expedition 22. He conducted experiments on the space station. He also took part in a spacewalk. This was his first trip to space.
On Dec. 20, 2009, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi launched in a Soyuz. They arrived at the space station on Dec. 22.
This was Kotov's second stay on the space station. Noguchi visited the space station in 2005 with a space shuttle crew. This was Creamer's first trip to space.
Kotov, Noguchi and Creamer all were flight engineers on Expedition 22. After Expedition 22, they stayed on the space station and became part of Expedition 23.
The Expedition 22 Patch
Each expedition crew on the International Space Station designs a patch for its mission. On the Expedition 22 patch, the bright sun shines through a solar panel that gives power to the space station. The moon in the background shows where people want to explore.
The names of the crew members are around the border of the patch. The crew members have the flags from their countries along the bottom of the patch.
The Expedition 22 mission was an important step toward going to the moon and Mars. NASA studied how astronauts' bodies change when they stay in space for months at a time. What they learned on the space station will help NASA plan for long trips to the moon, Mars and beyond!
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