9 individuals crowded into a corner of the International Spaceport Station on Tuesday to snap a lovable image.

The orbiting lab typically hosts a team of 3 to 6 astronauts, however today it’s abnormally crowded due to the fact that the station is changing command. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, the station leader, turned over that function to astronaut Luca Parmitano on Wednesday early morning.

Ovchinin will board a spaceship back to Earth on Thursday, in addition to with astronauts Nick Hague and Hazza Al Mansouri. The 3 are arranged to parachute into Kazakhstan at 5 p.m. regional time.

On The Other Hand, Al Mansouri– the very first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates– came to the ISS on Friday (he’s simply going to briefly) with astronaut Jessica Meir and cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka. A shuttle bus with 4 lots of products followed them the next day.

The team that’s remaining onboard will get ready for a record 10 spacewalks in simply 3 months.

In the bottom row of the huge group image, Ovchinin rests on the far left, followed by Parmitano (hanging upside-down), Hague, Al Mansouri, Meir, and Skripochka. Up top, astronauts Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan hover, with cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov on the far best.

The tee shirts they’re all using honor their “area band,” called “Kryk Chayky” or “the cry of the seagull,” Parmitano stated in a tweet on Tuesday.

International Space Station astronauts

The team of the International Spaceport station generally includes 6 individuals at a lot of. This is the group that existed prior to the arrival of 3 individuals on Friday.


Parmitano, Hague, and Ovchinin are all commemorating their birthdays today, and Koch finished her 200 th day in area on Monday. When she leaves the spaceport station in February 2020, she will hold the record for the longest spaceflight by a lady.

This isn’t the biggest group of individuals the spaceport station has actually ever held– a record 13 individuals have actually been onboard together a number of times throughout team modifications and shuttle bus re-supplies, according to Space.com