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EXPEDITION 09

Commander

Gennady I. Padalka

* Jun. 21 , 1958

2nd spaceflight

RUSSIA

1st ISS-mission

Flight Engineer

E. Michael Fincke

* Mar. 14 , 1967

1st spaceflight

USA

1st ISS-mission

Born June 21, 1958, in Krasnodar, Russia. Married to Irina Anatolievna Padalka (Ponomareva). They have three daughters, Yulia, Ekaterina and Sonya. Gennady enjoys the theater, parachute sport and diving.

Graduated from Eisk Military Aviation College in 1979; in 1994 he left UNESCO International Center of Instruction Systems, where he was an engineer-ecologist.

Born March 14, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but considers Emsworth, Pennsylvania to be his hometown. Married to the former Renita Saikia of Houston, Texas. They have one child. Lt Col Fincke enjoys hiking, flying, travel, Geology, Astronomy, learning new languages, and reading. He is conversant in Japanese and Russian.

Graduated from Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1985. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor of science in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as a bachelor of science in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. He then received a master of science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1990 and second master of science in Physical Sciences (Planetary Geology) from the University of Houston, Clear Lake in 2001.and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1990 and second master of science in Physical Sciences (Planetary Geology) from the University of Houston, Clear Lake in 2001.

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1st ISS-expedition mission

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