(AP) - Indiana native Kevin Ford has taken command of the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Kevin Ford became the station's commander Sunday with the departure of three astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Japan who landed safely Monday in Kazakhstan.
The 52 year old Ford remains on the space station with two Russians and they are to be joined next month by astronauts from the U.S., Canada and Russia.
Ford's crew arrived at the station on October 25 and is scheduled to return to Earth in March.
Ford grew up in the Blackford County city of Montpelier and went on to graduate from Notre Dame.
The former Air Force colonel was the space shuttle Discovery's pilot for a 2009 space station mission.