Russian Cosmonaut  Ahead Of SpaceX's Crew-3

Command Of Space Station

The NASA Astronaut Handed

 command of the International Space Station (ISS) over to cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev on May 4

Marshburn Told Artemyev.

"Oleg, you're a very strong and experienced cosmonaut, "I know we'll be leaving the space station in good hands with you."

Marshburn Then Said

 some words to the cosmonaut in Russian and handed him the ceremonial key to the ISS.

Artemyev And Marshburn

then hugged as the other ISS crewmembers applauded.

Most Of Russia's Space Partnerships

 have splintered in the aftermath of the country's invasion of Ukraine, and its status as a key ISS partner has come into question

The Crew-3 Mission Consists Of

 Marshburn, fellow NASA astronauts Kayla Barron and Raja Chari, and the European Space Agency's Matthias Maurer.

The Quartet Arrived At

 the ISS in November aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule named Endurance, and their time in orbit is nearly up.