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Astronaut Steve Swanson Profile

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Published on Jan 16, 2014

Get to know NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, slated to fly to the International Space Station in late March to serve first as an Expedition 39 flight engineer and later as commander of the Expedition 40 crew.

Swanson and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency will launch to the space station aboard a Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft March 25 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as part of Expedition 39. Swanson will serve as commander for Expedition 40 beginning in May. They are scheduled to return to Earth in September.

A news conference with the crew members will be carried live on NASA TV on Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. CST. Those following the briefing on social media can ask questions using the hashtag #askNASA.

The Expedition 39-40 crew members will be the first to share their final weeks of mission preparations and their flight experiences on Instagram. Those interested can follow along at: http://instagram.com/iss

Learn more about Steve's mission on the space station and the benefits from space research at http://www.nasa.gov/station.

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