Expedition 8 Mission Patch

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This is official mission patch for Expedition 8 to the International Space Station.Click here for the latest mission updates. Michael Foale and Alexander Kaleri, replace Expedition 7 on the station.EuropeanSpace Agency (ESA) astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain, launching with the Expedition 8 crew, returns with the Expedition 7crew. Clickhere for the official NASA International Space Station Website.

Expedition8 Commander Mike Foale was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA inJune 1987. Before his first flight he flew the Shuttle Avionics IntegrationLaboratory (SAIL) simulator to provide verification and testing of the Shuttleflight software, and later developed crew rescue and integrated operations forInternational Space Station Alpha. In preparation for a long-duration flight onthe Russian Space Station Mir, Foale trained at the Cosmonaut Training Center,Star City, Russia. He also served as Chief of the Astronaut Office ExpeditionCorps. A veteran of five space flights, Foale has logged over 178 days in spaceincluding three space walks totaling 18 hours and 49 minutes. He was a missionspecialist on STS-45, STS-56, STS-63 and STS-103, and served as Flight Engineer2 on Mir 23 and Mir 24 (ascent on STS-84 and return on STS-86). Most recently heserved as Assistant Director (Technical) of the Johnson Space Center. BornJanuary 6, 1957, in Louth, England, but considers Cambridge, England, to be hishometown. Married to the former Rhonda R. Butler of Louisville, Kentucky. Theyhave two children.

Expedition8 Flight Engineer Cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri is a Hero of the RussianFederation; holds the title of pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation. Born May 13, 1956, in Yurmala, Latvia. He is married to the former Svetlana L.Nosova. They have one child, a son. Alexander enjoys running, reading, andgardening. Click here for the RussianSpace Agency (RKA) website.

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