The six Expedition 40 crew members take a break from training to pose for their crew portrait.
From left are cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev; ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, cosmonaut Maxim Suraev and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. The 38S crew is composed of Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev. The 39S crew includes Suraev, Gerst and Wiseman.
Alexander Gerst is flight engineer for Expedition 40/41, which will be launched to the International Space Station in May 2014 on a long-duration mission to run science experiments and maintain humankind’s space base.