Thursday, May 29, 2014

International Space Station Gains New Residents

Thumbs up from the newest residents of the International Space Station.  
NASA Photo
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency joined their Expedition 40 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft and the International Space Station officially opened at 11:52 p.m. EDT. Expedition 40 Steve Swanson of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos welcomed the new crew members aboard their orbital home. The International Space Station has been returned to its full complement of six crew members.
Expedition 40 will continue to take advantage of the orbital lab's unique microgravity environment and expand the scope of research. Earth remote sensing, an assessment of human behavior and performance, and studies of animal biology and bone and muscle physiology define the research of Expedition 40. Other investigations include technology demonstrations, physical and space sciences, and educational activities. Expedition 40 activities will help advance our body of scientific knowledge, leading to potential Earth benefits such as better observation of a changing climate and human medical advancements.

The crew is scheduled to conduct a pair of Russian spacewalks and three U.S. spacewalks and greet a host of cargo vehicles during their mission. Expected to arrive at the space station during Expedition 40 are resupply flights aboard the Cygnus, Dragon, Progress and European ATV cargo spacecraft.

Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev will return home to Earth in September. At that time Suraev will become commander for Expedition 41. Wiseman, Suraev and Gerst will return to Earth in November.

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