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International Space Station has its first Japanese commander

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It was no ordinary handover at the International Space Station.

As Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov prepared to return to earth on Sunday, he passed control to Koichi Wakata, making him the first Japanese commander of the ISS.

No stranger to making history, Wakata had already become the first Japanese astronaut to live aboard the orbital research outpost, back in 2009.