8 November 2013
Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin entered the International Space Station Thursday morning carrying the torch that will officially start the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be hosted by Russia. Tyurin's crew, which also includes NASA's Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan, launched first to bring up the torch for a departing crew to return home Sunday. Their Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station at 5:27 a.m. EST Thursday, just over six hours after launching from Kazakhstan. The station now has nine residents for the first time without a shuttle present since 2009. Two cosmonauts plan to take the torch outside for a spacewalk on Saturday. (Image: Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft / Credit: NASA)
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