29 May 2014
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, cosmonaut Max Surayev of the Russian Federal Space Agency, and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst successfully launched and arrived at the ISS on Wednesday after traveling for six hours. Hatches between the Soyuz and the ISS opened at 11:52 p.m. EDT, bringing the station’s crew back to six. Expedition 40 will focus on a variety of research projects including human research, biology and biotechnology, Earth and space science, physical science investigations, technology demonstrations and educational activities.  Two Russian and three U.S. spacewalks also are planned. When Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev return to Earth on 10 Sept., it will mark the end of Expedition 40 and the start of Expedition 41 under the command of Suraev. (Image Credit: NASA)
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