Steve Swanson
Steve Swanson (Provided by NASA)

An astronaut from Colorado has been given a six-month assignment in space.

Steve Swanson, of

Steamboat Springs, is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in March 2014.

Swanson will fly there on a Russian Soyuz rocket with two cosmonauts.

Swanson will start as a flight engineer on the trip, but after three months, he'll become the commander of the space station for his last three months on board.

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