April 4, 2009
Space station changes command
Russian authorities Saturday said cosmonaut Gennady Padalka was to take control of the International Space Station from NASA astronaut Michael Fincke.
Padalka, who trained Fincke on a 2004 mission to the station, praised his former
pupil with leaving the space station in excellent shape for the station's Expedition 19, ITAR-Tass reported.