Olympic torch bearing spacewalkers dock at International Space Station

Washington, Sept. 26 (ANI): Three new Expedition 37 crew members, who were carrying Sochi 2014 Olympic torch, arrived at the International Space Station at 10:45 EDT, after an express trip from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.

The crew lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:58 pm EDT in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) were the three astronauts aboard the Soyuz spacecraft.

The crew came aboard ISS at 12:34 am.

Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy were greeted by three Expedition 37 crew members who have been aboard the space station since late May: Commander Fyodor Yurchikin of Rosmosmos and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency.

The new crew will remain aboard the station until mid-March. Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano will return to Earth Nov. 11.

Expedition 37 will add several critical scientific investigations to the more than 1,600 experiments that have taken place so far aboard the space station. (ANI)

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