Three new crew members for the International Space Station launch tonight from Baikonur Cosmodrome to dock with the station six hours (four orbits) later. Also aboard the Soyuz craft will be the Olympic torch* that will light the flame at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The arrival of Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos and NASA's Rick Mastracchio will mark the first time since October 2009 that nine people have served together aboard the station without the presence of a space shuttle.
The Olympic torch will be taken outside the station Saturday during a spacewalk then come back to Earth Sunday with Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano, who are returning after their 166 days in space.
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*No, the torch won't be lit during its trip into space.