The Expedition 14 crew poses in front of a large picture of the space station
Image above: Expedition 14 flight engineers Mikhail Tyurin (left) and Sunita Williams (center) pose with commander Michael Lopez-Alegria (right). Credit: NASA
The Expedition 14 crew arrived at the International Space Station on Sept. 20, 2006.

Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, on the left, was one of the flight engineers. He is a Russian cosmonaut. Astronaut Sunita Williams stands in the middle. She was a flight engineer, too. Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is on the right. He was the commander and NASA space station science officer.
A Soyuz rocket after launch on its way to space
Image above: Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin rode to the ISS in a Soyuz rocket like this one. Credit: NASA
Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin rode to the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They launched on Sept. 18, 2006.
Astronaut Thomas Reiter rides an exercise bike attached to the wall of the International Space Station
Image above: Astronaut Thomas Reiter exercises on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter traveled to the station on Space Shuttle Discovery.

Reiter lived and worked with Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin on the station until December 19, 2006.
Astronaut Sunita Williams poses for a picture
Image above: Astronaut Sunita Williams was a flight engineer on Expedition 14. Credit: NASA
Astronaut Sunita Williams arrived at the International Space Station on Dec. 11, 2006. She was one of the flight engineers on Expedition 14. She rode on Space Shuttle Discovery to the ISS.
Two men in white space undergarments are packing a plastic bag
Image above: Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin watches astronaut Michael E. Lopez-Alegria place items in a plastic bag. Credit: NASA
The Expedition 14 crew spent a lot of time training for the mission. During one of their training sessions, cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and astronaut Michael E. Lopez-Alegria wore Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garments, or underwear for spacewalking.
Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin rides an exercise bike
Image above: Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin rides an exercise bike like the one he used on the ISS. Credit: NASA
Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin practiced using an exercise bike like the one he would use on the International Space Station. The Expedition 14 crewmembers exercised every day during their mission.
Two men help another man get into an ejection seat
Image above: Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is helped into an ejection seat while practicing to go into space. Credit: NASA
The Expedition 14 crewmembers completed some of their training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is shown in the Vostuk Cosmonaut Ejection Seat.
A woman with one hand on her throat and the other hand holding an ultrasound tool
Image above: Astronaut Sunita Williams places her fingers on her vocal cords. Credit: NASA
Astronaut Sunita Williams learned how to use an ultrasound machine. During the mission, the Expedition 14 crewmembers studied how their bodies changed. They kept journals of the foods they ate. These journals helped them study how what they ate affected their muscles and bones while they were in space.
Three men with scuba gear float in a large tank of water
Image above: Underwater practice helps astronauts prepare to walk in space. Credit: NASA
Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria trained for spacewalking by practicing underwater in Star City, Russia. Working underwater gave him almost the same feeling as being weightless in space.
The Expedition 14 patch
Image above: The Expedition 14 crew designed this patch. Credit: NASA
Before the mission, the Expedition 14 crew designed a mission patch. The patch shows the past, present and future of human space exploration. XIV is the Roman numeral for the number 14. The lines coming out from the XIV go to the moon and on to Mars. Trips to the ISS will help humans travel to those places someday. The five stars represent missions where astronauts and cosmonauts gave their lives while exploring space.
View of Earth with the moon and Mars in the background
Image above: One day, people will return to the moon. Many years from now, explorers will visit Mars. Credit: NASA
The Expedition 14 mission was an important step toward going to the moon and Mars. NASA will keep studying how astronauts' bodies change when they stay in space for months at a time. What they learn on the space station will help NASA plan for long trips to the moon, Mars and beyond!


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