On the 37th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz docking, a new international crew of three arrived at the International Space Station. Veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, NASA astronaut Suni Williams, and JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide and joined their Expedition 32 crewmates early Tuesday, bringing the crew compliment on the station back to six.
Williams compared the Soyuz flight to camping and being on the ISS like a coming to a nice hotel.
The video shows the crew already on board, Commander Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin,and Joe Acaba, welcoming the new crew aboard. Then, from Mission Control in Moscow, officials from the various space agencies and family members sent their good wishes. It was charming to see Malenchenko’s young daughter Camilla waving wildly at the big screen as she saw her father (she sobbed mightily the day her father had to go into quarantine.) Malenchenko demonstrated for his daughter how he could float upside down, and she told him he looked like a monkey.
The next big event for the crew is the arrival of the Japanese HTV cargo vehicle, dubbed the Kounotori 3, scheduled to launch on 21 July 2012 to bring supplies to the station.
Padalka, Acaba and Revin will be on board until September 17th, and the newest crew will stay until November 12, 2012.
Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.