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The Island in silver Water – Maiana Atoll (photo)

Maiana is an atoll in Kiribati and is one of the Central Gilbert Islands. Maiana is 44 km south of the capital island of South Tarawa and has a population of 2,027 as of 2010. The north and eastern sides of the atoll are a single island whilst the western edge consists of submerged reefs, and many uninhabited islets, all surrounding a lagoon. The atoll is 14 km long and is very narrow, with an average width of less than 1 km and a total land area (including uninhabited islets) of 16.72 km2.

The Island in silver Water - Maiana Atoll

Work on the American Segment of ISS. May 26 (photo)

Steve is working with the Japanese module lock-chamber. There is a preparation for satellite start.
Steve in a festive mood – today is his son Scott birthday. And we are glad for it too!

Work on the American segment of ISS

Signs on ISS. Instructions on EV hatch opening (photo)

Instructions on EV hatch opening before the spacewalk.
Are located on the output hatch.

Sign the Russian language

Signs on ISS. Instructions on EV hatch opening. Russian language

Sign the English language

Signs on ISS. Instructions on EV hatch opening. English language

Kamchatka. Volcanos (photo)

We continue to study Kamchatka.
Shiveluch Volcano slowly smokes. Shiveluch – the Most northern of active volcanoes of Kamchatka.

Kamchatka. Shiveluch Volcano

and the Kamchatka volcanoes smoke a pipe…

Камчатские вулканы курят трубку

May 27 was the Russian Library Day (photo)

May 27 was the Russian Library Day.

At station there is a small library, collected over 14 years of flight by different crews.
There are artistic and technical literature, as well as have a large digital library that can be read on the iPAD

May 27 was the Russian Library Day.

News from the our Plantation. May 29 (photo)

Salads grow very quickly, but not all…

News from the Plantation. May 29

Hot meeting weightlessness indicators (photo)

Hot meeting weightlessness indicators

The Hatch Opening of the Soyuz TMA-13M, meeting the new crew and the first press conference (photo)

First moments of the hatch opening

The Hatch Opening of the Soyuz TMA-13M,

First flies Alex Gerst, Second Reid…

The Hatch Opening of the Soyuz TMA-13M,The Hatch Opening of the Soyuz TMA-13M,

… and finally appears Maxim Suraev
Also the Soyuz brought food, experiments and parcels.

The Hatch Opening of the Soyuz TMA-13M,The Hatch Opening of the Soyuz TMA-13M,

Hot Embraces

Meeting the new crew

Meeting the new crewMeeting the new crew

Press Conference with the leaders and families members. Photo ISS expedition 40.

The first conferenceThe first conference

Flags of the countries, whose representatives are onboard.
Hoisting the Flag of Germany.

Meeting the new crew

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots (photo)

We wait for the Approach beginnings. We fly over Vietnam.

Прибытие 40-го экипажа МКС. Сближение. Первые кадры

Found our point – small-small Soyuz with our friends.

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Ship everything is closer and closer…

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Soyuz Place is free. Gagarin is Watching from a portrait to ship docking

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Shadow comes in orbit…

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

docking in night…

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Station control of docking

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Contact!

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

The Soyuz-TMA13M is docked!

Arrival of the Exp40 ISS crew. Approach. First shots

New 40th season of ISS Space Travel (photo)

New 40th season of ISS Space Travel

BAIKONUR, May 29 /ITAR-TASS/.

Russia’s manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13M has successfully docked with the International Space Station.

“The ship docked with the Rassvet module (MIM-1) in automatic mode at 05:44, Moscow time,” a Baikonur space port official told Itar-Tass.

The ship is piloted by Maxim Surayev. He and his colleagues – NASA astronaut Gregory Wiseman, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst – are to join on Thursday Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, as well as NASA astronaut Steve Swanson who have been working aboard the ISS since March this year.

Surayev flew to the ISS in 2009, while for Wiseman and Gerst it is the first flight to the orbiter.

The crew docked with the ISS under a truncated six-hour flight plan. One of the advantages of the shortened flight plan is that the crew do not have to get adapted to zero gravity in enclosed space of the Soyuz spaceship where it is rather cold. Weightlessness begins to tell on the human organism in approximately five hours’ time, that is, the crew will be adapting to zero gravity aboard the ISS in comfortable conditions.

The first manned flight according to the shortened diagram (when the spaceship makes only four orbital revolutions) was made by the crew of the spaceship Soyuz TMA-08M in March 2013, and by the subsequent manned spaceships 09, 10, and 11. However, during the previous manned space launch in March this year, the Soyuz TMA-12M traveled to the orbital station in accordance with the standard 48-hour routine.

The arriving crew are to carry out an extensive program of applied research and experiments, video filming and photography on board. They will handle the arriving Progress cargo ships and the docking with a U.S. Dragon freighter.
The ISS crew plan three spacewalks: two will be performed by Skvortsov and Artemyev, and one by Surayev and Alexander Samokutyayev who will arrive to the ISS as a member of the next mission.

Источник: ITAR TASS