DENVER - 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.
It's Swanson's first long duration trip. He's been to the ISS on two previous Space Shuttle trips (STS-117 and STS-119), but on those missions he spent 13-14 days in space.
NASA said Swanson has spent several months traveling between the U.S. and Russia for training.
Swanson graduated from Steamboat Springs High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado.
He went on to complete a master of applied science in computer systems from Florida Atlantic University and a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University.