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Expedition 36/37 Mission Overview

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Expedition 36/37 Mission Overview

Commander Pavel Vinogradov leads Expedition 36 as the six-member crew conducts advanced microgravity research aboard the International Space Station. Vinogradov and the other five crew members Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy, Alexander Misurkin, Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano, discuss the challenges and opportunities of living and working in space. Expedition 36/37 has a busy schedule planned with several spacewalks and visits from Russian, Japanese and European cargo vehicles.

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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Final steps before launch

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and his crewmates, cosmonaut commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, spent the last few weeks before launch in Moscow, Russia passing their final exams for flying the Soyuz spacecraft that will fly them to the International Space Station. They received their official tickets to the orbital outpost on 10 May when the Soyuz examination board declared them qualified to fly.

The crew left for the Baikonur launch facility on 16 May. The crew stayed at the traditional Cosmonaut Hotel for the last days before launch. Luca, Fyodor and Karen are quarantined to make sure they do not take any unwanted bacteria or viruses to the Space Station. Family and support personnel such as flight surgeons are the only people allowed to stay with them.

Cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy are already on the Station and will welcome the new Expedition when the Soyuz docks on 29 May.

Luca's Volare mission is provided through an agreement with Italy's ASI space

agency. His busy schedule of science and maintenance involves two spacewalks

to install new equipment and retrieve experiments.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in video

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