Two Sergei’s share a birthday today (Jan 12). Sergei Korolyov, Chief Designer and father of modern rocketry, would have been 106 years old today. Sergei Revin (interestingly born the year Korolyov died-1966) stayed on the ISS last year. He sounds nice in person too.
This lucky soul got to meet Sergei Revin:
So, yesterday, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Sergei Revin came into the Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida (my workplace.) I saw him fourth or so in the queue, and immediately got excited. Unsure if it really was him or not, I stalled with a “computer glitch” for a moment until he was next. According to my coworkers, I practically shouted for him to get over to my terminal, and proceeded to perform my required actions as if nothing was out of the ordinary. After telling me the designated amount of people in his party, I said “Are you Sergei Revin?” To which he excitedly and somewhat surprisingly said “Yes, you recognize me?”
I then proceed to tell him how I’ve followed the space programme closely for the last 18 years, that I do a lot with NASA, and was aware of his recent arrival on the planet. While saying this, he turned into his backpack and produced a copy of his Cosmonaut portrait, which he then proceed to sign as shown. After I put the admittance wristbands on him and his family, he handed his credit card over for payment. It had a Proton rocket launching on it. I was too excited to notice the bank, but I’m sure it must have been connected to Roscosmos somehow. I kept the signed copy of the receipt too.
When all was said and done, I asked for a picture, and in my excitement, managed to make an awkward face. The coworker who took the picture said to me later than I was shaking as I handed the phone to her.
Guys, I met one of the guys from the most awesome Space Station Expedition ever. The Expedition to which I’ve been probably the most fond of. Here was a man whi just came back from living off the Earth for a period of time, taking in the surrealist art, and browsing the gift shop with his family.
It was said that I didn’t calm down for a few hours after the fact, and I am still in shock, actually….
I will say that he looked a lot older in person, which aided in my uncertainty. And, he showed me his Expedition 32 jacket he was wearing!
The crews of Soyuz TMA-06M left Star City for Baikonur yesterday. Their families saw them off. They even had a cheering section when they landed in Kazakhstan. They launch on October 23. (I covet Yevgeny Tarelkin’s wife’s coats. She had a red one at Red Square and now a houndstooth one.)
It was press day at Baikonur for the crews of Soyuz TMA-04M. The press gets let in and films them playing and training. The traditional tree planting was also filmed. Everyone that has launched from Baikonur has planted a tree ever since Yuri Gagarin’s flight.
Expedition 31 Preflight
Expedition 31 NASA flight engineer Joe Acaba, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Sergei Revin pose for photos before entering the Soyuz TMA spacecraft mockup for their final qualification test in preparation for flight, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are set to launch to the International Space Station May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
If anyone’s curious, these guys passed their Soyuz exam with a rating of excellent, which I’m presuming is a 5. The backup crew received a 4.8 in the ISS simulator. The crews of Soyuz TMA-04M are ready!