Russian cosmonaut on command of the airport during NASA astronaut ceremony

Anton Shkaplerov (left) gives command of the International Space Station to NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn (right) on March 29, 2022. (Photo credit: NASA TV)

Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov handed over “keys” to the International Space Station today (March 29) while NASA pilot Mark Vande Hei spoke kindly to the spacecraft.

In an event on the orbiting lab announced by NASA on the living stream this morning, Shkaplerov actually changed his command of the field to NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn. After arriving in October 2021, Shkaplerov is leaving the field with fellow cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hey. The trio will begin returning to Earth aboard a Russian captain Soyuz tomorrow (March 30), as Russia enters its second month of hostilities.

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