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Prince Serge and Princess Barbara Gagarin with Prince Nicholas Their Son

Polkovnik Kniaz' Nikolai Nikolaevich Gagarin (Posadskii chelovek XVII veka)

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

AS15-97-13142 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-94-12738 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of northwest rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13141 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the east rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13153 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the west rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13138 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the east rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13143 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-94-12739 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of northwest rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13150 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13152 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13145 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-94-12737 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of northwest rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13140 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the east rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13149 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13137 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the east rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13148 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13139 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the east rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13147 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13151 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13144 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13155 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the west rim of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13146 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View of the floor of Crater Gagarin

AS15-97-13156 - Apollo 15 - Apollo 15 Mission image - View between Craters Gagarin and Denning

AS17-150-23103 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17- Moon, West of Gagarin

AS17-155-23691 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17, Northwest Rim of Gagarin

AS17-150-22990 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17- Moon, North West Wall of Gagarin

AS17-160-23950 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17, Gagarin

AS17-151-23237 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17, Gagarin

AS17-160-23951 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17, Gagarin, South Wall, Povlov

AS17-150-22989 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17- Moon, North Wall of Gagarin

AS17-150-22991 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17- Moon, Gagarin, Denning

AS17-150-22985 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17- Moon, Gagarin, Beijerinck

AS17-151-23236 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17, Gagarin, Pavlov, Jules Verne

AS17-160-23979 - Apollo 17 - Apollo 17, Denning, Gagarin

S113E05368 - STS-113 - Tsiolkovsky and Gagarin photos and drawings on a SM panel taken during STS-113

An elevated view of the Yuri Gagarin Monument devoted to the achievements of the Soviet people in space exploration. Behind the monument the Moscow television tower (tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world) can be seen. The circular building in the foreground is one of the stations of the Moscow subway system

An elevated starboard view of a Soviet space control/monitoring ship KOSMONAUT YURI GAGARIN underway. (SUBSTANDARD)

A starboard bow view of the Soviet space control-monitoring ship KOSMONAUT YURY GAGARIN underway

A port beam view of the Soviet space control-monitoring ship KOSMONAUT YURIY GAGARIN underway

A port view of the Soviet space control-monitoring ship KOSMONAUT YURIY GAGARIN underway

A starboard view of the Soviet civilian space research ship KOSMOONAUT YURI GAGARIN underway

A port view of the Soviet Civilian space event support ship KOSMONAVT YURIY GAGARIN

A port view of the Soviet Civilian space event support ship KOSMONAVT YURIY GAGARIN

Astronauts & cosmonauts sign Gagarin's diary

Astronauts & cosmonauts sign Gagarin's diary

Astronauts & cosmonauts sign Gagarin's diary

Gagarin monument view

Mir 22 cosmonauts in training at Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia

STS-91 Mission Specialist Wendy B. Lawrence is ready to go as her flight suit gets a final checkout in the Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building. The fitting takes place prior to the crew walkout and transport to Launch Pad 39A. She is a commander in the Navy and is on her third Shuttle mission and second trip to Mir. Lawrence has served as Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, and has also trained for a Shuttle-Mir flight. Lawrence will also on the flight deck during ascent and re-entry as flight engineer. In this capacity, she will be on-hand to support the commander and copilot in these critical parts of the flight. She will also have primary responsibility for all Shuttle-Mir transfer operations and science experiments in the middeck crew cabin area. STS-91 is scheduled to be launched on June 2 with a launch window opening around 6:10 p.m. EDT. The mission will feature the ninth and final Shuttle docking with the Russian space station Mir, the first Mir docking for Discovery, the first on-orbit test of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), and the first flight of the new Space Shuttle super lightweight external tank. Astronaut Andrew S. W. Thomas will return to Earth as a STS91 crew member after living more than four months aboard Mir KSC-98pc678

99-E-14665 (27 February 1999) --- Astronauts Edward T. Lu (left) and Jeffrey N. Williams check out full-scale training hardware for the International Space Station (ISS) in the Hydrolab facility at Star City, Russia. The two mission specialists, along with other members of the STS-101 crew, are currently in training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center for next year's STS-101 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Editor's Note: Since this photograph was taken, changes in crew personnel have been made. Cosmonauts Yuri I. Malenchenko and Boris V. Morukov, along with astronaut Edward T. Lu were moved to STS-106. Astronauts James S. Voss and Susan J. Helms, and cosmonaut Yury V. Usachev were added to the STS-101 crew. Malenchenko, Morukov and Usachev all represent the Russian Space Agency (RSA). 99e14665

99-E-14662 (27 February 1999)--- From the left, astronauts Jeffrey N. Williams and Edward T. Lu, along with cosmonaut Yuri I. Malenchenko, familiarize themselves with training hardware at the Hydrolab facility in Star City, Russia. The three mission specialists, along with other members of their seven person crew, are currently training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center for next year's scheduled STS-101 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Editor's Note: Since this photograph was taken, changes in crew personnel have been made. Cosmonauts Yuri I. Malenchenko and Boris V. Morukov, along with astronaut Edward T. Lu were moved to STS-106. Astronauts James S. Voss and Susan J. Helms, and cosmonaut Yury V. Usachev were added to the STS-101 crew. Malenchenko, Morukov and Usachev all represent the Russian Space Agency (RSA). 99e14662

Usachev and Lonchakov in Service module with picture of Gagarin

JSC2003-E-31957 (22 April 2003) --- Astronauts C. Michael Foale (left), Expedition Seven backup crewmember; Edward T. Lu, NASA ISS science officer and flight engineer; cosmonauts Alexander Y. Kaleri, backup crewmember; and Yuri I. Malenchenko, mission commander; are pictured as they visit the quarters of Yuri Gagarin after having visited the Soyuz launch pad and performing a final check of the Soyuz capsule at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Malenchenko and Kaleri represent Rosaviakosmos. Photo credit: NASA/Scott Andrews. jsc2003e31957

STAR CITY, RUSSIA - Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin (large), Commander Ken Bowersox (center), and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit (right) pose for photos at a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Expedition Six crew spent 161 days in space, 159 manning the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-03pd1537

May 6, 2003. Star City, Russia. Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin speaks during a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd1540

May 6, 2003. Star City, Russia. Expedition Six Commander Ken Bowersox speaks at a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd1539

May 6, 2003. Star City, Russia. Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit speaks during a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd1541

STAR CITY, RUSSIA - Expedition Six Commander Ken Bowersox speaks at a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Expedition Six crew spent 161 days in space, 159 manning the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-03pd1539

STAR CITY, RUSSIA - Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit speaks during a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Expedition Six crew spent 161 days in space, 159 manning the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-03pd1541

STAR CITY, RUSSIA - Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin (left), Commander Ken Bowersox (center), and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit (right) pose for photos at a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Expedition Six crew spent 161 days in space, 159 manning the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-03pd1538

May 6, 2003. Star City, Russia. Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin (L), Commander Ken Bowersox (C), and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit (R) answer questions during a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd1542

May 6, 2003. Star City, Russia. Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin (L), Commander Ken Bowersox (C), and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit (R) pose for photos at a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd1537

May 6, 2003. Star City, Russia. Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin (L), Commander Ken Bowersox (C), and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit (R) pose for photos at a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd1538

STAR CITY, RUSSIA - Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin speaks during a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Expedition Six crew spent 161 days in space, 159 manning the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-03pd1540

STAR CITY, RUSSIA - Expedition Six Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin (left), Commander Ken Bowersox (center), and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit (right) answer questions during a Press Conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Expedition Six crew spent 161 days in space, 159 manning the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-03pd1542

October 12, 2003, Star City, Russia. Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale (right) and Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri (center) are joined by European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow to pose for pictures prior to their departure for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the October 18th launch on a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd2792

ISS013-S-002A (12 Jan. 2006) --- Cosmonaut Pavel V. Vinogradov (center), Expedition 13 commander representing Russia's Federal Space Agency, astronaut Jeffrey N. Williams (right), NASA space station science officer and flight engineer, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany pause from their training schedule to pose for their official crew portrait. Vinogradov and Williams are scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station in early spring of this year in a Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft. Reiter, the second flight engineer for Expedition 13, is scheduled to launch on space shuttle mission STS-121 in July and will join Vinogradov and Williams already on the space station. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/NASA iss013-s-002a

JSC2008-E-117644 (28 Aug. 2008) --- Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Expedition 18 flight engineer, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117644

JSC2008-E-117659 (28 Aug. 2008) --- American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117659

JSC2008-E-117643 (28 Aug. 2008) --- American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117643

JSC2008-E-117663 (28 Aug. 2008) --- Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (left), Expedition 19/20 commander, and NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, flight engineer, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117663

JSC2008-E-117658 (28 Aug. 2008) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, Expedition 22/23 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117658

JSC2008-E-117660 (28 Aug. 2008) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 18 flight engineer, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117660

JSC2008-E-117653 (28 Aug. 2008) --- Astronaut Michael Barratt, Expedition 19/20 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117653

JSC2008-E-117650 (28 Aug. 2008) --- NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117650

JSC2008-E-117651 (28 Aug. 2008) --- NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117651

JSC2008-E-117656 (28 Aug. 2008) --- Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke (right), Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov (center), flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Fincke, Lonchakov and Garriott are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in a Soyuz spacecraft in October. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117656

JSC2008-E-117664 (28 Aug. 2008) --- Expedition 18 crewmembers take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. From the left (front row) are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata and NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus. From the left (back row) are Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, flight engineer and commander, respectively. Fincke and Lonchakov are scheduled to launch to the station in the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October for a six-month mission. Magnus is scheduled to join Expedition 18, replacing Chamitoff (currently on the station), as flight engineer after launching to the ISS on mission STS-126. Wakata is scheduled to join Expedition 18, replacing Magnus, as flight engineer after launching to the orbital complex on mission STS-119. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2008e117664

JSC2009-E-049923 (February 2009) --- Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams (right), Expedition 21 flight engineer and Expedition 22 commander; cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (center), Expedition 21/22 flight engineer; and NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Expedition 22/23 flight engineer, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049923

JSC2009-E-049922 (February 2009) --- NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams (right), Expedition 21 flight engineer and Expedition 22 commander; cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (center), Expedition 21/22 flight engineer; and NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, Expedition 22/23 flight engineer, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049922

JSC2009-E-049944 (February 2009) --- Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Frank De Winne (right), Expedition 20 flight engineer and Expedition 21 commander; cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (center) and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, both Expedition 20/21 flight engineers, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049944

JSC2009-E-049820 (February 2009) --- Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (center), Expedition 19/20 commander; astronaut Michael Barratt (right), Expedition 19/20 flight engineer; and U.S. spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi join hands as they pose for a portrait in Star City, Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049820

JSC2009-E-049823 (February 2009) --- U.S. spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training with the Expedition 19 crew in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049823

JSC2009-E-049819 (February 2009) --- Astronaut Michael Barratt, Expedition 19/20 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049819

JSC2009-E-049822 (February 2009) --- Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (left), Expedition 19/20 commander; astronaut Michael Barratt (right), Expedition 19/20 flight engineer; and U.S. spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049822

JSC2009-E-049977 (February 2009) --- U.S. spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training with the Expedition 19 crew in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2009e049977

At Chkalovsky Airbase outside Star City, Russia, Expedition 24 Commander Alexander Skvortsov (foreground) and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko (arms raised) descend from the plane that flew them from Karaganda, Kazakhstan back to their training base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center September 25, 2010, just hours after returning to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft to wrap up 176 days in space, 174 days on the International Space Station. Their crewmate, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who landed with them, flew home on a NASA plane to the Johnson Space Center. Credit: NASA/Jeremiah Maddix jsc2010e167392

Expedition 27 prime crew members Ron Garan of NASA (left), flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander; and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, talk to the press during an official farewell ceremony before their March 21 departure to Baikonur, Kazakhstan from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City outside Moscow. Garan, Samokutyaev and Borisenko are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft April 5, 2011, Kazakhstan time. Photo credit: NASA/ Stephanie Stoll jsc2011e027370

Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA (left), Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko (center) and Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (right) admire their Soyuz crew patch aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane as they flew from Star City, Russia to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 21, 2011. There, they will complete training for their launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027532

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, famed Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (right) offers thoughts to the Expedition 27 prime crew members at a breakfast March 21, 2011 prior to their departure for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Expedition 27 crewmembers Ron Garan of NASA, flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander; and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, are scheduled to launch April 5 (Kazakhstan time) on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2011e027369

Expedition 27 prime crew members Ron Garan of NASA (left), flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander; and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, talk to the press during an official farewell ceremony before their March 21 departure to Baikonur, Kazakhstan from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City outside Moscow. Garan, Samokutyaev and Borisenko are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft April 5, 2011, Kazakhstan time. Photo credit: NASA/ Stephanie Stoll jsc2011e027371

Expedition 27 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (foreground) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko affix their Soyuz crew patch aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane as they flew from Star City, Russia to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 21, 2011 with their crewmate, NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan. In Baikonur, they will complete training for their launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027530

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko suit up for a dress rehearsal of their launch activities and checkout of their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft March 22, 2011. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, is scheduled for launch on April 5 (April 4, U.S. time), just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027663

Seated in the right seat of the descent module of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA runs through a checklist of procedures during a dress rehearsal of launch activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 22, 2011. Garan, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko are scheduled to launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) in the Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The launch will occur just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027672

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko pose for pictures outside their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft during a check of its systems March 22, 2011. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, is scheduled for launch on April 5 (April 4, U.S. time), just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission rom. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027662

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA flashes a smile during a leak check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit in the midst of a dress rehearsal of launch activities March 22, 2011. Garan, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko are scheduled to launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) in the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft that has been dubbed “Gagarin” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin as the first human in space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 will begin its journey from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027665

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan walk past their Soyuz booster during dress rehearsal activities March 22, 2011. The booster, like the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft in which they will launch, is adorned with the name “Gagarin” and the likeness of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The Soyuz TMA-21 is scheduled for launch on April 5 (April 4, U.S. time), just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027674

Seated in the right seat of the descent module of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA runs through a checklist of procedures during a dress rehearsal of launch activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 22, 2011. Garan, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko are scheduled to launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) in the Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The launch will occur just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027673