Scott Kelly Hands Over Station Command to Tim Kopra

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Expedition 46 Crew Members

Astronaut Scott Kelly (right foreground) hands over command of the International Space Station to astronaut Tim Kopra (left foreground) with their crewmates in the background. Credit: NASA TV

At 3:15 p.m. EST, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra assumed command of the International Space Station from astronaut Scott Kelly of NASA in a traditional Change of Command ceremony. Expedition 47 will officially begin under Kopra’s command when the Soyuz spacecraft carrying Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov undocks from the space station on March 1.

Watch video of the moment of change of command.

Kelly and Kornienko launched to the space station on March 27, 2015, for their one-year mission. The pair’s return on March 1 will mark the end of 340 days aboard the space station. Volkov arrived at the station on September 4.

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28 thoughts on “Scott Kelly Hands Over Station Command to Tim Kopra

    1. David Brinker

      Safe return gentlemen… Big congrats in advance for your incredible astro-scientific contributions, efforts… I am sure your efforts will result in incredible findings, and a big financial bonus and great perks after all of your sign-out paperwork has been finalized!!!

  1. Adrienne Taylor

    Hello Scott, safe trip home. How do feel about returning home after 1 year in space?

    Do you think it will be difficult to adjust to have your feet on the ground?

    I admire what you have achieved.

    Well done, you should be proud. I am a retired citizen of the UK watching the mission all the time.

  2. Heather Cawdry

    Enjoy your trip back home with a soft landing! I have enjoyed your lovely photos. I am looking forward to the comparison results with your twin. I hope it doesn’t take you too long to learn how to walk. Good wishes to all of you.

  3. Terry swaney

    Have a safe trip home Captain Scott Kelly, I have truly enjoyed your Beautiful pitchers and gona miss them greatly… Thank you for all your great work my Space Friend

  4. Linda Bonawitz

    It’s been fascinating sharing in your journey. Have a safe trip back down to us. THANK YOU for what you just accomplished for mankind.

  5. Claire Carey

    You’ve done a great service & following your year in space everyday has been a source of hope & inspiration as I struggled through a year of cancer diagnosis, treatment & recovery. Safe journey home.

  6. John W

    Congrats to all!

    One piece of constructive criticism though. Could NASA consider getting rid of those formal folded collar shirts in space? They look ridiculous floating around like that. Maybe borrow a collar style from Star Trek or something?

  7. Ivy

    I can’t imagine how long it will take you to get pass the fact you won’t be able to float whenever you want to. What you’ll feel will remind me of how cool it felt getting my land legs after sailing and the great rhythm of sleep on the water. You might need some major customization from Disney to despise a pod in your home to simulate some of those sensations. What a wonderful experience and I wish you safety and a great mental adjustment with grace and was when you return home. Thank you for your service for humanity.

  8. Gervais Fillion, Riviere-Bleue, Quebec

    well,i have been following the Space Race from the MIR experiences and it was a great time seeing all the Russian Ingeniosity as her best.Now looking at this picture,seeing all those Partners is telling me that the World is not so bad after all.I find you lucky to be there ALL of you,,

    Ride Safe home


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