8 Photos - Apr 10, 2012
Photo: CG - Rising Sun on ISSPhoto: ATV-3 Approaches the StationPhoto: Photo: STS-124 mission (ESA)Photo: Space Station, Soyuz, & ProgressPhoto: Star trails from ISSPhoto: Astronaut Exams: ESA, NASA & Roscosmos | ISS
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst (left) and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman look on as their Expedition 40 commander Maxim Suarev signs exam forms. Today, the crew had their first day of tests on the Russian segment of the Space Station. If all goes well, they will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) May 28, 2014.

Also passing their exams was the backup crew of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and cosmonaut commander Anton Shkaplerov. They performed their first day of exams on the Soyuz spacecraft they will fly to the outpost. The backup crew will be launched in November as Expedition 42, once Expedition 40/41 are back on Earth.

Both exams last all day and see the astronauts dealing with a range of demanding scenarios, with the examiners surprising them with emergency situations.

Image Credit: Federal Russian Space Agency Roscosmos
Caption Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Release Date: 06/05/2014

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+DLR, German Aerospace Center 
+Johnson Space Center 
+Roscosmos (Unofficial) 
+Alexander Gerst 
+Samantha Cristoforetti 

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On June 23, 2014, Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman captured this image which connects Earth to the International Space Station and to the stars. Among the "stellar" scene is part of the constellation Orion, near the center of the frame. The U.S. laboratory or Destiny is seen in the upper right.

Credit: NASA/JSC, Astronaut & Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman

+Gregory Reid Wiseman 
+Johnson Space Center 

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