Today, ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his cremates Oleg Kononeko and Don Pettit docked with the ISS today in their Soyuz spacecraft. They will stay there for about five months until they return to Earth. Their mission began when the Soyuz rocket lifted off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday. As usual, the docking procedure was automated.
During this mission, André and his colleagues will conduct over 25 experiments for ESA and around 20 for NASA and JAXA, the Japanese space agency. Topics include human research, biology, fluid physics, materials science, radiation research and technology. The lessons they may learn up there, will educate children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. You may follow the entire mission on André’s blog at http://blogs.esa.int/promisse/