ISS: Expedition-55 hands over ISS keys to succesors

Drew Feustel, US astronaut: «Thank you Anton.» Anton Shkaplerov, Russian cosmonaut: «And we have new tradition to handover key of the International Space Station. Please save it for next commander, and don't forget in your pocket when you will go to Earth.» Drew Feustel, US astronaut: «Thank you Anton for passing the command of the International Space Station. It's an honour and privilege for... Еще me to be a part of this international programme, and I want to thank you and your crew, Scott and Nemo, for welcoming us to the ISS, for taking care of us, making sure that we were ready to work when we arrive. You made the transition seamless. We appreciate your patience and your guidance and your leadership while you're here and we look forward to a safe and soft landing for you. So on behalf of myself, the assistant to the commander Ricky Arnold and the Soyuz commander and leader of the Russian segment, the three of us thank you for your guidance, leadership, your help, and we look forward to seeing you back on Earth. And as a parting gift, I will offer you an Expedition 56 coin, that the three of us have signed and saved for you, flown in space as a parting gift. So, thank you for your time and your support.» Expedition-55 cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov handed over the command of the International Space Station to his successor, US astronaut Drew Feustel on Saturday, ahead of the expedition's return to Earth after a 168-day mission. Following a short speech where he thanked his successors, Shkaplerov took out keys from his pockets, claiming they are from the ISS, and gave them to Feustel. «Please save it for the next commander, and don't forget them in your pocket when you go to Earth,» said Shkaplerov.

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