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What Is a Space Station Commander? Learn What A Space Station Commander Does

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 4 min read

On a space station, a space station commander is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day safety of their crew, of the space station itself, and the efficiency and efficacy of the scientific experiments taking place on board. Distinct from a space shuttle commander, a space station commander works in partnership with ground control centers and is the final voice in the onboard chain-of-command, and also the mission’s public face.