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December 11, 2013
(10 Sept. 2012) ---Inside 16.5-ton H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-3), also known as Kounotori3, the six members of the Expedition 32 crew pose for a "non-geometrical" group portrait before half of the crew leaves the International Space Station in a few days. First to leave the orbital outpost, however, will be the HTV-3 itself, which will be undocked after fulfilling its mission of carrying supplies to the station and of "carrying out the trash" one final time. On the six person crew are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Joe Acaba, all flight engineers; Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, commander; and Sergei Revin, flight engineer. Scheduled to leave the station on Sept. 16 are Padalka, Acaba and Revin; and prior to their departure, Williams will become the next crew commander.

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