Soyuz TMA-10M ferried Russian cosmonauts Kotov and Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Hopkins into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:58 p.m. EDT September 25, 2013. Upon achieving orbit, the three crew members executed a four-orbit, six-hour “fast rendezvous” profile to dock at the station’s space-facing (or “zenith”) Poisk module at about 10:47 p.m. EDT Wednesday.
Expedition 37 included a variety of research, but several new investigations focused on human health and human physiology. The crew also performed experiments that covered technology demonstration, Earth and space science, and biology and biotechnology. The crew also engaged in educational activities. Eleven new experiments were designed by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.
Oleg Kotov became the Commander of Expedition 38 after Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and Parmitano returned to Earth on Soyuz TMA-09M on November 10, 2013.