We’re sure there are plenty of ultra-smart scientific reasons for NASA’s Expedition 38, but that stuff is actually rocket science so let’s focus on what we know.
UPDATE: Image from the spacewalk
The Olympic torch that will light the flame at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games was on board.
The torch was aboard a Soyuz TMA-11M rocket. With big Sochi 2014 stickers on it.
It got there on a train.
No, these dudes won’t take a photo of you with the rocket for Instagram. We’re not saying they’re not friendly, but…
The rocket was launched on Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in this photo it’s being…ummm, hey look the Olympic rings!
Go time! It took the rocket six hours to get to the International Space Station. It used to take two days.
The Olympic torch went on its first-ever space walk with flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy who were already hanging out at the ISS.