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Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy assumed control of the International Space Station.

Today (Sept. 28) from orbit, a ceremony honouring Expedition 68 was livestreamed.

Oleg Artemyev, a former commander of the International Space Station, and fellow cosmonaut Denis Matveev launch the mission.

and Sergei Korsakov board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to leave the orbiting lab early on Thursday, September 29.

Frank De Winne, Alexander Gerst, and Cristoforetti are the previous four European commanders of the International Space Station (opens in new tab).

During the ceremony for the switchover, Artemyev ended the mission completely with sounds of peace.

during the February-starting ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. At one point, he stated, "War will stop everywhere."

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