In Karaganda, Hadfield and Marshburn boarded a NASA jet for Houston and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Romanenko headed for Star City, Russia, to rejoin family and the cosmonaut corps.
The Vinogradov-led Expedition 36 crew that includes U.S. astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin is scheduled to be joined May 28 by U.S. European and Russian crewmembers Karen Nyberg, Luca Parmitano and Fyodor Yurchikhin.
Their Soyuz TMA-09M transport is scheduled to undertake the second consecutive “express” 6-hr. transit from launch to docking.
Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency for astronaut training in 1992. His first spaceflight, a 1995 shuttle mission, provided a U.S. docking module to Russia’s former Mir space station. His second, a 2001 shuttle flight, delivered the Canadarm2 to the ISS.