Next Station Crew Carrying 2014 Olympic Torch

By  //  October 25, 2013

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Expedition 38 LAUNCH SET FOR NOV. 6

Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio pose with a model of the Olympic torch following an Expedition 38 crew news conference Oct. 22, 2013. (NASA.gov image)

Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio pose with a model of the Olympic torch following an Expedition 38 crew news conference Oct. 22, 2013. (NASA.gov image)

NASA.gov — The 2014 Olympic torch will be carried up to the International Space Station when three Expedition 38 crew members launch Nov. 6 aboard a Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft.

The torch will be returned Nov. 10 when Expedition 36 lands inside the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. It will be used at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February. (Weather.com image)

The torch will be returned Nov. 10 when Expedition 36 lands inside the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. It will be used at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February. (Weather.com image)

Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin with Flight Engineers Koichi Wakata and Rick Mastracchio unveiled a model of the torch Oct. 22 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia during a news conference.

The torch will be returned Nov. 10 when Expedition 36 lands inside the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. It will be used at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February.

THE WINTER OLYMPICS KICKS OFF FEB. 7

The torch will be returned Nov. 10 when Expedition 36 lands inside the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. It will be used at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February.

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, are scheduled to take place 7 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held. Both the Olympics and 2014 Winter Paralympics are being organized by the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC).

sochi-180A day after being released from the Canadarm2, Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial cargo craft has deorbited over the Pacific Ocean for a fiery destruction. Cygnus spent three weeks attached to the Harmony node delivering 1,300 pounds of gear completing a successful demonstration mission.

Orbital 1 is the next resupply mission scheduled for Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus. This will be the first official commercial cargo mission to the space station for Orbital Sciences. Cygnus’ launch is scheduled for December from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Luca Parmitano

Luca Parmitano

The Expedition 37 crew is still working on U.S. and Russian spacesuits. Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins continued troubleshooting a U.S. spacesuit water leak scrubbing cooling loops and preparing to replace a fan pump separator. Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy readied their Russian spacesuit gear for an upcoming spacewalk.

Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano worked on science throughout the day. He measured his forearm for a skin-aging experiment. He later photographed samples for the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-C1 experiment which studies nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid. Finally, Parmitano sampled the station’s surfaces and air for microbes and then changed a lens for an Earth observation camera remotely controlled by students.

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