Mission or Study ID: Expedition 27
International Space Station (ISS)
International Space Station
Expedition 27 officially began on March 14, 2011, when the previous expedition’s commander handed over command of the station to NASA cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev. Remaining on onboard after the Expedition 26 crew undocked and returned to Earth were Commander Kondratyev, NASA Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman and ESA Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli. On April 5, 2011, Soyuz TMA-21 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome brining NASA astronaut Ron Garan and cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev to the International Space Station.
The Expedition 27 crew worked with the unpacking of Robonaut 2, a human-like robot that was delivered to the station by the STS-133 crew of Space Shuttle Discovery in February 2011. Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space will teach engineers how dexterous robots behave in space and through upgrades and advancements could one day venture outside the station to help spacewalkers make repairs or additions to the space station.
Expedition 27 will continue until replaced by Expedition 28 crewmembers in late May 2011.