Crewmembers who arrived to ISS on July 17, 2012, and who became the first 3 crewmembers of Expedition 33 were NASA astronuat Commander Sunita Williams, RSA Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko, and JAXA Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide. On October 25, 2012, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft brought three new residents to the orbiting laboratory. The Soyuz TMA-06 space capsule docked to the station and delivered American astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin to their new home in orbit, where they remained for the next five months. This trio doubled the station’s population to its full six-person crew size.
Expedition 33 was a six-member crew until November 18, 2012, when Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko undocked from the Rassvet module and returned home inside the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing in Kazakhstan. When they undocked, Expedition 34 officially began as Ford became commander staying behind with Novitskiy and Tarelkin before finally returning home in March 2013.