State Commission named the members of the crew of Soyuz TMA-16M manned transport spacecraft

Expedition 43 Preflight

The meeting of a state commission for flight testing of manned spacecraft chaired by I.A. Komarov was held at Baikonur cosmodrome, press-service of the Federal Space Agency reports.

Following the results of training of the main and backup crews of Soyuz TMA-16M manned transport spacecraft, the state commission approved the following roster:

Main crew: Gennady Padalka – commander of Soyuz TMA-16M (Roscosmos); Mikhail Kornienko – flight engineer-1 of Soyuz TMA-16M (Roscosmos); Scott Kelly – flight engineer-2 of Soyuz TMA-16M (NASA).

Backup crew: Alexey Ovchinin – commander of Soyuz TMA-16M (Roscosmos); Sergey Volkov – flight engineer-1 of Soyuz TMA-16M (Roscosmos); Jeffery Williams – flight engineer-2 of Soyuz TMA-16M (NASA).

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