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At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (foreground, left) signs a ceremonial book March 7 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (foreground, center) and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (foreground, right) enjoy the moment. Joining them for the traditional pre-launch activities were backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy (back row, left), Oleg Kotov (back row, center) and NASA’s Michael Hopkins (back row, right). Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin will launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosomodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013834

jsc2017e038541 (March 30, 2017) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) report to State Commission officials March 30 for the start of two days of final crew qualification exams. They are backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Rob Navias jsc2017e038541

jsc2017e038543 (March 30, 2017) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz training mockup March 30 at the start of final crew qualification exams. They are backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Rob Navias jsc2017e038544

jsc2017e039453 (04/03/2017) --- At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 51 crewmember Jack Fischer of NASA (front row, right) signs a commemorative book in a traditional ceremony April 3. Looking on are crewmate Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, front row, left) and in the back row, backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos (back row, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (back row, right). Fischer and Yurchikhin will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. Photo: NASA/Rob Navias jsc2017e039453

jsc2017e039900 (04/05/2017) --- Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA are greeted by Russian space officials after arriving at the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan April 5 for final pre-launch training after a flight from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. They are serving as backups to Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. Photo: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e039900

jsc2017e040292 (April 6, 2017) --- In the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures April 6 in front of the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft as part of pre-launch preparations. Ryazanskiy and Bresnik are serving as backups to the prime crew, Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/Andrey Shelepin jsc2017e040292

jsc2017e040284 (April 6, 2017) --- In the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures April 6 as part of pre-launch preparations. Ryazanskiy and Bresnik are serving as backups to the prime crew, Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/Andrey Shelepin jsc2017e040284

jsc2017e040345 (April 7, 2017) --- In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA pay tribute at the statue of Sergey Korolev, the iconic Russian space designer, during traditional pre-launch ceremonies April 7. They are serving as backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e040345

jsc2017e040350 (April 7, 2017) --- In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) sample local tea in a traditional Kazakh “yurt” or tent April 7 while wearing traditional Kazakh robes and hats. They are serving as backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e040350

jsc2017e040339 (April 7, 2017) --- At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 51 prime and backup crewmembers attend flag-raising ceremonies April 7 as part of their pre-launch activities. From left to right are prime crewmembers Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Jack Fischer of NASA and backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Randy Bresnik of NASA. Yurchikhin and Fischer will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e040339

jsc2017e040344 (April 7, 2017) --- In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures at the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, during traditional pre-launch ceremonies April 7. They are serving as backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e040344

jsc2017e040343 (April 7, 2017) --- In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Randy Bresnik of NASA pay tribute at the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, during traditional pre-launch ceremonies April 7. They are serving as backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e040343

jsc2017e040342 (April 7, 2017) --- Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) accept commemorative items from a local official in Baikonur, Kazakhstan April 7 as part of traditional pre-launch activities. They are serving as backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will launch April 20 on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e040342

jsc2017e043069 (April 13, 2017) --- At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) practice rendezvous techniques on a laptop simulator April 13 as part of pre-launch activities. Ryazanskiy and Bresnik are serving as backups to Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA, who will liftoff April 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for a four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2017e043069