An adorable photo shows 9 astronauts and cosmonauts hanging out in the International Space Station. Here’s why the orbiting lab is so crowded.

ESAESA astronaut Luca Parmitano tweeted this image of the team gathered for a celebratory dinner in the Russian Zvezda module, the food preparation area of the International Space Station.The International Space Station is unusually crowded this week because the station command is changing hands.On Tuesday, the nine people onboard crowded into a corner to snap a photo. The group won’t be together for long, though – three of the astronauts will return to Earth on Thursday.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.Nine people crowded into a corner of the International Space Station on Tuesday to snap an adorable photo.The orbiting laboratory normally hosts a crew of three to six astronauts, but this week it’s unusually crowded because the station is switching command. Russian cosmonaut

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