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Expedition 30 Hands Over the Space Station to Expedition 3

The reins of the International Space Station were passed from Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA to cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko during a ceremony on April 25. Kononenko and Flight Engineers Don Pettit of NASA and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency arrived at the station on Dec. 23, 2011, and will remain in orbit until July. They will be joined on May 17 by oncoming Expedition 31 crew members Joe Acaba of NASA and Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space Agency. Burbank and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin returned to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on April 30, making a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan.
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