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Burbank Assumes Command of ISS

The reins of the International Space Station were passed from Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum of NASA to his NASA colleague, newly arrived Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank in a ceremony on the complex on November 20, 2011. Burbank and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin arrived on the station on November 16 for an expedited handover with Fossum, Russian Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa, who will return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft on November 22 for a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan.
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