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Space Station Photos: Expedition 39 Mission Crew in Orbit

First Instagram Photo from the International Space Station

International Space Station (via Instagram at http://instagram.com/iss)

This Instagram image from the International Space Station was posted on April 7, 2014, with the caption: "Back on ISS, life is good." - Swanny #nasa #iss #exp39 #cupola #international #space #station #soyuz #earth

Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata Takes Command of Space Station

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JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata (at right) receives command of the International Space Station from Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (left) during a brief ceremony held inside Japan's Kibo laboratory aboard the orbiting outpost on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut to command the space station.

Koichi Wakata Tweets Selfie After ARISS Radio Event

Koichi Wakata (via Twitter as @Astro_Wakata)

This photo was taken of JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata aboard the International Space Station on Dec. 12, 2013. “Everyone who gathered in the ARISS program in Kyoto Municipal Luoyang Technical High School: It was fun to take part in the amateur radio communication event today. Thank you for all the great questions,” Wakata tweeted.

Kirobo with Wakata

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Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata talks to the robot Kirobo aboard the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2013.

Mastracchio Participates in Emergency Drill on ISS

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On Dec. 4, 2013, In the International Space Station's Harmony node, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Expedition 38 flight engineer, participates in an emergency simulation drill with participation from flight controllers on the ground. During the exercise, the crew practiced emergency communication and procedures in response to a predetermined scenario such as pressure leak.

Wakata in ISS Cupola

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On Dec. 4, 2013, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 38 flight engineer, works the controls at the robotic workstation in the Cupola of the International Space Station.

Wakata and Mastracchio During Drill

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On Dec. 4, 2013, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata (foreground) and Rick Mastracchio, both Expedition 38 flight engineers, participate in an emergency simulation drill with participation from flight controllers on the ground. During the exercise, the crew practiced emergency communication and procedures in response to a predetermined scenario such as pressure leak.

Expedition 38 Crew Take Part in Emergency Drill

NASA

The Expedition 38 crew members participate in an emergency simulation drill with participation from flight controllers on the ground. During the exercise, the crew practiced emergency communication and procedures in response to a predetermined scenario such as pressure leak. Pictured in the International Space Station's Destiny laboratory are Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (left), commander; NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins (bottom), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata (right) and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, all flight engineers. Image released Dec. 4, 2013.

London Through the Clouds

Koichi Wakata ‏(via Twitter as ‏@Astro_Wakata)

Astronaut Koichi Wakata tweeted this photo of the UK seen from the International Space Station on April 19, 2014. He noted that he could see London through the clouds.

Koichi Wakata Tweets Selfie in ISS Cupola

Koichi Wakata (via Twitter as @Astro_Wakata)

This photo was taken of JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata aboard the International Space Station on Dec. 2, 2013. “I'm going shooting every day working with ultra-high sensitivity 4K camera in Japan in the cupola of the ISS,” Wakata tweeted.

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