NASA astronaut Shannon Walker to become first native Houstonian to command ISS

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On Thursday, she will become the first native Houstonian to take command of the International Space Station for the first time in its 20-plus-year history, according to NASA.

A commander plays a similar role to the captain of a ship ‘ responsible for the vehicle, the crew, mission success and safety, according to the Kennedy Space Center.


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NASA astronaut Shannon Walker to become first native Houstonian to command ISS

Walker is taking command because Russian commander Sergey Ryzhikov is leaving ISS on April 16, NASA says.’

NASA astronaut and Houstonian Shannon Walker will take command of the space station as Expedition 64 prepares to return to Earth.

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Walker is a member of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission that flew to the space station on the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft in November, the first commercial human spacecraft system.’

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Shannon Walker becomes first native Houstonian to command ISS

.@NASA astronaut Shannon Walker takes command of station on Thursday from @Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov. The Exp 64 crew returns to Earth the next day. More… https://t.co/fL6eb0zOBL pic.twitter.com/QHi3LhSceb

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Houston-born astronaut takes command of International Space Station

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, seen here signing the Unity module’s vestibule that leads to the Cygnus space freighter, will command the station until her departure at the end of April.

Walker will accept command on Friday and hold this position for almost two weeks as astronauts and cosmonauts swap places some 250 miles above Earth. Walker has been on the station since mid-November and is set to begin her journey home on April 28.

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A change of command ceremony will be aired on NASA TV Thursday at 2:45 p.m. CDT. This can be watched at nasa.gov/nasalive.


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Shannon Walker to Become First Native Houstonian to Command International Space Station

“Having the Johnson Space Center here in my backyard growing up, I was always aware of what NASA was doing in the space program,” Walker said. “I’m so proud to represent my hometown on the International Space Station where we conduct scientific research that can benefit all of humankind.”

With operations led from the Mission Control Center at NASA’S Johnson Space Center in Houston, which is also home to the astronaut corps, the space station has continuously hosted international teams of astronauts since 2000.

“We like to call Johnson Space Center the home of the astronauts, and all of them live here while they’re training and supporting human spaceflight,” said Johnson Director Mark Geyer. “But in Shannon’s case, she’s a homegrown Houstonian, and we couldn’t be prouder for our community to have her representing Space City as commander of the space station.”


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