The next three crew members to live and work aboard the International Space Station met with reporters at a news conference held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Jan. 26, 2011. The crew was questioned about the SpaceX Dragon capsule docking and the commercialization of space and how they will recognize the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first human spaceflight.
NASA astronaut Ron Garan and crewmates, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko are three of the six crew members for Expedition 27 and 28. The trio is scheduled to launch to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 29, 2011 (March 30 Kazakhstan time). They will join Expedition 27 NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev who will stay aboard the station until mid-May.