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Kazakhstan: Out of this world welcome for three new astronauts

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1. M/S Commander of International Space Station Pavel Vinogradov hugs new crew member Fyodor Yurchikhin and then new crew member Luca Parmitano as he enters space station, Karen L.Nyberg also arrives with all astronauts smiling together SCRIPT NASA's International Space Station's crew expanded to a group of a six on Wednesday, with a cheerful welcome given to the three crew members who arrived via the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. The spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan on Tuesday, completing a four-orbit journey to the International Space Station (ISS). They then joined Commander Pavel Vinogradov and flight engineers Alexander Misurkin and Chris Cassidy who are already on board the ISS as part of Expedition 36. The trioExpedition 36 will operate with the full six member team until September this year, after which Expedition 37 will begin with just the three new crew members staying on the ISS until the arrival of three additional flight engineers in late September. The three new astronauts, Fyodor Yurchikhin from Russia, Luca Parmitano from Italy and Karen L. Nyberg from the USA, are scheduled to return to Earth in November. More than 100 scientific experiments will take place by the six-person crew, along with five spacewalks. Maintenance work will also be on the agenda with the International space station doubling up as their new home and as a place of work. The station's crew will continue research into how plants grow, leading to what NASA says will be more efficient crops on Earth along with a more developed understanding about how future crews can grow their own food in space. A study into how fire behaves in space, is what NASA believes could lead to cleaner and more efficient combustion engines on Earth. The International Space Station is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit and it launched in 1998 at a cost of $150 billion (117 billion Euros).