Menu
NASA astronaut on flight delivering Olympic torch to space station

NASA astronaut on flight delivering Olympic torch to space station

Three new crew members to blast off late Wednesday night for ISS

The six astronauts working and living on the International Space Station are getting ready to welcome three new crew mates early Thursday morning.

NASA's Rick Mastracchio, along with Russia's Mikhail Tyurin and Japan's Koichi Wakata are undergoing final preparations for their scheduled liftoff onboard a Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:14 p.m. ET tonight.

After four orbits and a six-hour flight to catch up with the space station, the spacecraft is expected to dock to the Rassvet module on the orbiter early Thursday.

The new crewmates are bringing something special with them -- the Olympic torch that will light the flame at the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

On Saturday, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy are set to carry the torch outside the space station on a spacewalk.

Then on Sunday, the torch will return to Earth in the Soyuz spacecraft along with three crew members - NASA's Karen Nyberg, Luca Parmitano with the European space agency, and Russia's Fyodor Yurchikhin.

Trips to the space station have become much faster in recent months. In March, a Soyuz spacecraft made a record-breaking six-hour journey from Earth to the space station.

Historically, it has taken NASA's space shuttle fleet, as well as Russian Soyuz spacecraft, two days from launch to rendezvous with the space station. The faster journey uses new techniques that were tested in three earlier unpiloted Russian cargo spacecrafts.

Since that first record-breaking flight, Soyuz trips have taken about six hours, not only getting the crew to the orbiter quicker but using less fuel on the way.

This article, NASA astronaut on flight delivering Olympic torch to space station, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed. Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

See more by Sharon Gaudin on Computerworld.com.

Read more about government/industries in Computerworld's Government/Industries Topic Center.

Subscribe here for up-to-date channel news

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags hardwareNASAEmerging TechnologiesIndustrieshardware systemsgovernmentGovernment/Industries

Featured

Slideshows

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

Revealed at a glitzy bash in Sydney at the Ivy Penthouse, the first StorageCraft Partner Awards locally saw the vendor honour its top-performing partners with ASI Solutions, SMBiT Pro, Webroot, ACA Pacific and Soft Solutions New Zealand taking home the top awards. Photos by Maria Stefina.

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards
Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

​Synnex and Lenovo hosted 18 resellers for an action-packed weekend adventure in RotoVegas, taking in white water rafting on the Kaituna River, as well as quad biking and dinner at Stratosfare​, overlooking Lake Rotorua at the top of Mount Ngongotaha​. Photos by Synnex.

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip
Show Comments