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The International Space Station is unusually crowded this week because the station command is changing hands.
On Tuesday, the nine people onboard crowded into a corner to snap a photo.
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The group won't be together for long, though — three of the astronauts will return to Earth on Thursday.
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Nine people crowded into a corner of the International Space Station on Tuesday to snap an adorable photo.
The orbiting laboratory normally hosts a crew of three to six astronauts, but this week it's unusually crowded because the station is switching command. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, the station commander, handed over that role to astronaut Luca Parmitano on Wednesday morning.
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Ovchinin will board a spaceship back to Earth on Thursday, along with with astronauts Nick Hague and Hazza Al Mansouri. The three are scheduled to parachute into Kazakhstan at 5 p.m. local time.
Meanwhile, Al Mansouri — the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates — arrived at the ISS on Friday (he's just visiting briefly) with astronaut Jessica Meir and...
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