Japanese astronaut takes command of International Space Station for first time
Published on Mar 10, 2014 12:49 AM
CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata assumed command of the International Space Station on Sunday, the first Japanese national to oversee a manned space mission.
Mr Wakata, 50, had been a space station flight engineer since he and two crew mates arrived on Nov 7.
"I am humbled to assume the command of the space station," Mr Wakata said during a change-of-command ceremony broadcast on Nasa Television.
Outgoing station commander Oleg Kotov, flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, both from Russia, and Nasa astronaut Mike Hopkins are due to depart the orbital outpost on Monday. Their replacements arrive on March 26.
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