The Olympic torch will be carried up to the International Space Station when three Expedition 38 crew members launch Nov. 6 aboard a Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin with Flight Engineers Koichi Wakata and Rick Mastracchio unveiled a model of the torch Oct. 22 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia during a news conference.
The torch will be returned Nov. 10 when Expedition 36 lands inside the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. It will be used at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February.
A day after being released from the Canadarm2, Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial cargo craft has deorbited over the Pacific Ocean for a fiery destruction. Cygnus spent three weeks attached to the Harmony node delivering 1,300 pounds of gear completing a successful demonstration mission.
Orbital 1 is the next resupply mission scheduled for Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus. This will be the first official commercial cargo mission to the space station for Orbital Sciences. Cygnus’ launch is scheduled for December from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The Expedition 37 crew is still working on U.S. and Russian spacesuits. Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins continued troubleshooting a U.S. spacesuit water leak scrubbing cooling loops and preparing to replace a fan pump separator. Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy readied their Russian spacesuit gear for an upcoming spacewalk.
Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano worked on science throughout the day. He measured his forearm for a skin-aging experiment. He later photographed samples for the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-C1 experiment which studies nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid. Finally, Parmitano sampled the station’s surfaces and air for microbes and then changed a lens for an Earth observation camera remotely controlled by students.
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin worked in the station’s Russian segment on various science and maintenance tasks. He participated in an experiment studying the veins in the lower extremities of a cosmonaut. He then worked on the Zvezda service module’s ventilation system and checked flow sensor positions.