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International Space Station gets new commander

RESTRICTION SUMMARY: MUST CREDIT NASANASA - MUST CREDIT NASAInternational Space Station – 28 September 20221. Change of command ceremony on International Space StationANNOTATION: Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on Wednesday became the first European woman to take over command of the International Space Station.ANNOTATION: Cristoforetti took over from Russia's Oleg Artemyev, who gave her a symbolic key to hand over command.2. SOUNDBITE (English), Samantha Cristoforetti, European Space Agency:"Thank you, Oleg, for those words, and I think I speak on behalf of all our crew in saying how much we appreciated your leadership in the last months. Not only in getting a lot of work done, as you have already mentioned, but, also, with your warmth, with your generosity, with your lightheartedness. I think you have really helped us grow together, not only as a crew, as crewmembers and crewmates, but, also, as you said, as one big space family. So, thank you so much. To the rest of your Soyuz crew, Sergey, Denis, it's been such a pleasure and an honor serving with you on the International Space Station and we wish you 'soft landing' in just a few hours and successfully and smoothly getting back home to your family."++TRANSITION FLASH++3 . Change of command ceremony on International Space StationANNOTATION: Cristoforetti arrived in April and is the fifth European commander of the International Space Station.STORYLINE:Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti became the first European woman to take over the command of the International Space Station on Wednesday during a live ceremony from space.She took over from Russia's Oleg Artemyev, who gave her a symbolic key to hand over command.Cristoforetti will be the fifth European commander of the International Space Station.She began her mission in April 2022.According to ESA the Station's commander is responsible for the performance and well-being of the crew in orbit, maintaining effective communication with the teams on Earth, and coordinating the crew response in case of emergencies.Since Cristoforetti takes command in the final weeks of her stay on-board, one of her major duties will be to ensure a smooth and comprehensive handover to the next expedition crew.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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