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Forum:Space Shuttles - Space Station
Topic:[ISS] Expedition 39 (March 10 - May 14, 2014)
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JBoeMy computer has problems with streaming videos, but what sort of "ceremonial actions" take place with this change of command?
Robert PearlmanThe only consistent tradition is for the outgoing commander to deliver some words, and then the incoming commander to do the same.

Otherwise, it is left up to each crew what they will do. Sometimes the ceremony includes exchanging gifts and playing music.

Once the crew has finished with their remarks, often one or more mission control centers offer their words of congratulations.

For Expedition 38/39, Oleg Kotov spoke, then Koichi Wakata, then NASA Mission Control and then JAXA Mission Control.

JBoeIt sounds like the changing of command is low key. I would have figured that those in the military would have similar pomp and circumstance as on earth with a change in military command. Although, a smaller ceremony is in order since they cannot invite friends and family like in the "traditional" sense.

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