On 18 March two of the ISS crew members will return to earth - Kazakhstan to be exact - and that means that one of the remaining crew - Oleg Kotov (left), will become the new station commander. The new crew members will arrive in the Soyuz TMA-18 on 4 April.
From Flight Engineer to Commander - not bad going! Kotov has a lot of experience behind him - after all, he did his first space walk in 2007. He was also aboard the Soyuz craft that took the space tourist Charles Simonyi up in to orbit a few years ago. We can only wonder if he did for Simonyi what cabin crew do for us when we fly from country to country in those old fashioned things called planes.
We suspect not.
Kotov Image Credit