The Expedition 32 Crew
The Expedition 32 crew has completed its mission on the International Space Station. Crew members were from the United States, Russia and Japan.
On May 14, 2012, Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They docked with the space station two days later and joined the Expedition 31 crew. They stayed aboard to make up the first half of the Expedition 32 crew.
Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka was the Expedition 32 commander. He is from Russia. After finishing school, he became a pilot in the Russian Air Force. This mission was his third stay on the space station. He has spent almost 2 years in space!
Astronaut Joe Acaba was an Expedition 32 flight engineer. He is from California. This was his second trip to the space station. Before becoming an astronaut, he taught middle and high school students in Florida.
Cosmonaut Sergei Revin was an Expedition 32 flight engineer. He is from Russia. Before becoming a cosmonaut, he worked as an engineer. This mission was his first trip to space.
On July 14, 2012, Akihiko Hoshide, Sunita Williams and Yuri Malenchenko launched in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They docked with the space station two days later and joined the other three members of the Expedition 32 crew already on the station.
Astronaut Sunita Williams was an Expedition 32 flight engineer. She is from Massachusetts. She stayed and became the Expedition 33 commander. This mission was her second stay on the space station. Her first mission lasted 195 days. This set a record for longest spaceflight for a woman.
Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko was an Expedition 32 flight engineer. He is from Russia. This was his third trip to the space station. He has spent over 600 days in space!
Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide was an Expedition 32 flight engineer. He is from Japan. He visited the space station during a space shuttle mission in 2008. Before becoming an astronaut, Hoshide worked for the Japanese Space Agency helping to train future astronauts.
The Expedition 32 Mission Patch
The Expedition 32 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space. The names of the crew members are along the sides of the patch. The flags from Russia, the United States and Japan are at the bottom. The XXXII are Roman numerals for 32. And the torch at the top reminds us that education is important.
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