The Expedition 34 Crew
The Expedition 34 crew has completed its mission to the International Space Station. Crew members were from the United States, Russia and Canada.
On Oct. 23, 2012, Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They docked with the space station two days later and joined the Expedition 33 crew. They stayed aboard to make up the first half of the Expedition 34 crew.
Astronaut Kevin Ford was the Expedition 34 commander. He grew up in Indiana. He was a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force. This was his first stay on the space station. He visited the space station in 2009 as pilot of the STS-128 space shuttle mission.
Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy was an Expedition 34 flight engineer. He is a colonel in the Russian Air Force. The Russian space agency chose him to train as a cosmonaut in 2006. This was his first trip to space.
Cosmonaut Evgeny Tarelkin was an Expedition 34 flight engineer. He is a captain in the Russian Air Force. The Russian space agency chose him to train as a cosmonaut in 2003. This was his first trip to space.
On December 19, 2012, Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko rode to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the other three members of the Expedition 34 crew already on the station.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield was an Expedition 34 flight engineer. He is from Canada. He stayed and became the Expedition 35 commander. This mission was his third trip into space and his second visit to the space station. In 1998, Hadfield flew on the space shuttle Atlantis. In 2001, he went to the station as part of a shuttle mission on Endeavour.
Astronaut Tom Marshburn was an Expedition 34 flight engineer. Before becoming an astronaut, he was an emergency room doctor. This mission was his second visit to the space station. He went to the station in 2009 as part of a space shuttle mission on Endeavour.
Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko was an Expedition 34 flight engineer. In 2009, he spent six months living and working on the space station as part of the Expedition 20/21 crew. He likes to play tennis and volleyball. His father, Yuri Romanenko, was also a cosmonaut.
The Expedition 34 Mission Patch
The Expedition 34 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. The names of the crew members are along the edges of the patch. The flags of Russia, the U.S. and Canada are near the bottom. The Soyuz spacecraft and the space station are shown orbiting Earth. The 15 rays of the sun stand for the 15 countries working together on the International Space Station.
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