Expedition 40 Crew
The Expedition 40 crew is on the International Space Station. Crew members are from the United States, Germany, Russia and Latvia. They are flying for NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
On March 25, 2014, Steve Swanson, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev rode to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the members of the Expedition 39 crew already there and stayed aboard to become the first half of Expedition 40.
Astronaut Steve Swanson is the commander of Expedition 40. Swanson is from Colorado. He enjoys mountain biking and other outdoor activities. He has visited the space station before on the space shuttle in 2007 and 2009. But this mission is his first long-term stay on the station.
Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov is an Expedition 40 flight engineer. He is from Russia. Before becoming a cosmonaut, Skvortsov was a military pilot. His father was a military pilot too. This is his second stay aboard the International Space Station.
Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev is an Expedition 40 flight engineer. He is from Latvia, a small country on the Baltic Sea. Artemyev is flying for the Russian space agency. He began training to be a cosmonaut in 2003.This mission is his first trip to space.
On May 28, 2014, Reid Wiseman, Maxim Suraev and Alexander Gerst rode to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the other three members of the Expedition 40 crew already on the station.
Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev is a flight engineer for Expedition 40. Earlier, he worked as a flight engineer on the station during Expeditions 21 and 22 in 2009-2010. Suraev is a pilot and engineer, but he also has a law degree. He likes scuba diving and other sports. He will be the commander during Expedition 41.
U.S. astronaut Reid Wiseman is from Maryland. Wiseman, a commander in the U.S. Navy, was in the Middle East when NASA selected him for astronaut training. He has been working at Mission Control in Houston. He is a flight engineer for Expedition 40, his first mission into space.
German astronaut Alexander Gerst is a flight engineer for Expedition 40. Gerst is flying for the European Space Agency. He enjoys fencing, skydiving and other outdoor activities. He is an expert on volcanos. He finished basic training to be an astronaut in 2010. This is his first trip to the space station.
The Expedition 40 Mission Patch
The Expedition 40 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. It is meant to represent the past, present and future of human space exploration. The patch features the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, the space station and a commercial cargo vehicle. The sun on Earth's horizon stands for discoveries yet to come.
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