Staffing of the International Space Station (ISS) temporarily surged to nine astronauts on Nov. 7, with the launch and docking of the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft carrying three astronauts, including Japan’s first ISS commander. Veteran aerospace engineer Koichi Wakata is slated to become the first Japanese commander of the orbiting science lab in March. Newcomers Mikhail Tyurin of Russia, Rick Mastracchio of the U.S., and Wakata were greeted as their Russian crew transport docked at the ISS ...


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