Expedition 63 Is On! Watch the ISS Change of Command Ceremony

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Com. Skripochka Handed the Reins to Com. Cassidy in Yesterday’s ISS Change of Command Ceremony.

Yesterday, April 15th, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Expedition 62 officially ended. And Expedition 63 began. Crewmembers made the transition official with an ISS change of command ceremony that aired on NASA TV’s live streaming channel. During the ceremony, Commander Chris Cassidy (NASA) officially relieved Commander Oleg Skripochka (Rosmocos) of his duties. Once that happened, Expedition 63 started.

After the ceremony, Com. Skripochka, along with his Expedition 62 crewmates, began preparations for the trip home. Those crewmates are NASA’s Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan. Now that their mission is complete, Meir, Morgan, and Skirpochka have a lot to do before they can head home tonight. At the time of publication, NASA is live-streaming the crew entering the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft that will carry them back to Earth. 

Then, at 9 pm EDT tonight, coverage of the undocking procedures begins. Following that, at 12 am EDT (technically tomorrow on the East coast) NASA TV will cover the crew’s touchdown in Kazakhstan. 

Check Out  ISS Change of Command Ceremony!

In addition to the change of command footage, we’ll be linking to tonight’s live coverage of the events in our next article, so be sure to check that out. We’ll also have an interview with Jessica Meir about her time in space and what she’s expecting now that she’s coming home to a different world than she left. 

Meir and Com. Skripochka arrived at the ISS in late September of last year, and have spent 202 days aboard the ISS. Andrew Morgan came aboard the ISS in July of last year, so he’s on day 272. All three ISS Expedition 62 crewmembers have expressed some unease about coming home in the midst of a global crisis. However, after nearly a year in space, they might be more prepared than any of the rest of us to ride the pandemic out. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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