Expedition 38 Crew
The Expedition 38 crew has completed its mission on the International Space Station.
Crew members were from the United States, Russia and Japan.
On Sept. 25, 2013, Michael Hopkins, Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They docked with the space station later that day and joined the Expedition 37 crew. They stayed aboard to make up the first half of the Expedition 38 crew.
Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov was the Expedition 38 commander. He is from Russia. Kotov is a medical doctor. Before becoming a cosmonaut, he studied ways that spaceflight changes the human body. This mission was his third trip to the space station.
Astronaut Michael Hopkins was an Expedition 38 flight engineer. He is from Missouri. In school, he enjoyed playing basketball and football. This mission was his first trip to space. During the mission, he kept a journal about staying fit and healthy. He hopes students will read the journal and learn how important it is to be healthy and active.
Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy was an Expedition 38 flight engineer. He is from Russia. He studied biology and chemistry in school. He studies how microgravity affects people. This was his first trip into space.
On Nov. 6, 2013, Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin and Richard Mastracchio launched to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the other three members of the Expedition 38 crew already on the station.
Astronaut Koichi Wakata was an Expedition 38 flight engineer. He is from Japan. He stayed and became the Expedition 39 commander. This mission was his third trip to the space station. He flew on two space shuttle missions and stayed on the space station for one of those earlier missions. He is the first Japanese astronaut to command the space station!
Astronaut Richard Mastracchio was an Expedition 38 flight engineer. He is from Connecticut. He had visited the space station three times before on space shuttle missions. But this mission was his first long-term stay on the space station.
Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin was an Expedition 38 flight engineer. He is from Russia. As a boy, he wanted to be a hockey player. But his parents encouraged him to study engineering in college. Later he became a cosmonaut. This mission was his third trip to the space station. He has spent more than one year in space!
The Expedition 38 Mission Patch
The Expedition 38 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. The names of the six crew members line the edge of the patch. In the center, the number "38" circles around Earth, the moon and Mars to show where humans hope to explore using what we learn on the space station.
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