|Russian Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft docked to the ISS.
On November 07, 2013 at 10:28 UTC the "Soyuz TMA-11M” spacecraft docked with the Russian "Rassvet” module of the International Space Station in automatic regime.
The Soyuz TMA-11M delivered three new members of Expedition 38 to the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, American astronaut Richard Mastracchio, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata.
The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonauts Fjodor Yurchikhin, Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, American astronauts Karen Nyberg and Michael Hopkins to form the station’s crew of 9 members (so-called Expedition 37 and a half).
When on November 11, 2013 Fjodor Yurchikhin, Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg return to Earth, the 6 others (Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy, Michael Hopkins, Mikhail Tyurin, Richard Mastracchio, and Koichi Wakata) will form Expedition 38 crew.
|Olympic Torch launched into space ahead of Games.
On November 07, 2013 at 04:14 UTC the Russian "Soyuz TMA-11M” spacecraft carrying a three-man crew and the Olympic torch for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian "Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier decorated with the symbols of the Sochi Games and the Olympic rings.
The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (center); flight-engineer, American astronaut Richard Mastracchio (right); Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station just after 4 orbits.
Tyurin, Mastracchio and Wakata will join current ISS expedition members, Russian cosmonauts Fjodo
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|India launched interplanetary probe to Mars.
On November 05, 2013 at 09:08 UTC the "Mangalyaan” interplanetary probe was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, India's spaceport on Sriharikota Island about 50 miles north of Chennai. The interplanetary spacecraft was orbited by the PSLV C-25 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket-carrier. The "Mangalyaan” means "Mars craft" in Hindi.
The 1,337 kg interplanetary probe will study Martian surface, atmosphere and mineralogy. The "Mangalyaan” is expected to reach the Red Planet's orbit in September 2014, according to scientists from state-owned Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). If all goes well and the mission reaches the Red Planet's orbit, then ISRO will become the world's fourth space agency, after those of Russia, the USA and Europe to undertake a successful Mars mission.
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