Changing of the Space Guard

This week three astronauts are returning from an approximately six-month mission on board the International Space Station. Commander Steve Swanson and flight engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev will land the Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan. NASA TV will provide coverage of the ceremony where Swanson will turn over control of station operations to cosmonaut Max Suraev.  Mission Expedition 40 will be completed and Expedition 41 will begin. See here for NASA TV coverage: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#.VA9WtsJdW5I

Did you know what some astronauts on the ISS have live Twitter accounts? (@astro_reid and @Astro_Alex)

See this page for more information about living on the ISS: https://nightlightsabove.wordpress.com/misc-pages/what-is-it-like-to-live-on-the-international-space-station/

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 40 commander, along with cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, both flight engineers with the Russian Federal Space Agency, return to Earth Sept. 10 after six month aboard the International Space Station.  Credit: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/september/nasa-television-to-broadcast-sept-10-return-of-space-station-crew/#.VA8_9sJdW5

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 40 commander, along with cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, both flight engineers with the Russian Federal Space Agency, return to Earth Sept. 10 after six month aboard the International Space Station. Credit: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/september/nasa-television-to-broadcast-sept-10-return-of-space-station-crew/#.VA8_9sJdW5