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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

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

JSC2011-E-215053 (15 Aug. 2011) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 30 backup crew member, 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 jsc2011e215053

JSC2011-E-215049 (15 Aug. 2011) --- NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Expedition 30/31 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 jsc2011e215049

JSC2011-E-215059 (15 Aug. 2011) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Expedition 30 flight engineer and Expedition 31 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 jsc2011e215059

JSC2012-E-042058 (23 Aug. 2011) --- NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, Expedition 31/32 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 jsc2012e042058

JSC2012-E-042059 (23 Aug. 2011) --- Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (center), Expedition 31 flight engineer and Expedition 32 commander; along with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba (left) and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Revin, both Expedition 31/32 flight engineers, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e042059

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov (center), and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin listen to questions from reporters during their news conference October 24, 2011 as they prepare for their launch November 14 on the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA jsc2011e203732

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 29/30 Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov says goodbye to his daughter October 31, 2011, as he departed for his launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Shkaplerov, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin will launch November 14 from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft for the International Space Station. Credit: NASA jsc2011e204590

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 29/30 Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin (foreground, left), NASA’s Dan Burbank (center) and Russian Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov (right) lead a delegation as they walk to their bus October 31, 2011, preparing to depart for their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The trio will launch November 14 from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft for the International Space Station. Credit: NASA jsc2011e204589

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the next trio to launch to the International Space Station pose for pictures during their traditional crew news conference Dec. 1, 2011. From left to right are Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko. The crewmembers will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 21 on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft. Credit: NASA jsc2011e212755

In the pre-dawn hours at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on Dec. 8, 2011, the prime crewmembers who will round out Expedition 30 on the International Space Station answer questions from reporters prior to their departure for the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. Kononenko, Pettit and Kuipers will launch to the ISS on Dec. 21 in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft. Credit: NASA jsc2011e215324

JSC2012-E-096296 (22 Feb. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 32 flight engineer and Expedition 33 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 jsc2012e096296

JSC2012-E-096291 (22 Feb. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (right), Expedition 32 flight engineer and Expedition 33 commander; along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide (left) and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, both Expedition 32/33 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e096291

JSC2012-E-096290 (22 Feb. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, Expedition 32/33 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 jsc2012e096290

JSC2012-E-096289 (22 Feb. 2012) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Expedition 32/33 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 jsc2012e096289

JSC2012-E-096604 (2012) --- NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 32 flight engineer and Expedition 33 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 jsc2012e096604

JSC2012-E-042063 (5 March 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Evgeny Tarelkin, Expedition 31 backup crew member, 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 jsc2012e042063

JSC2012-E-039220 (released March 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Pavel V. Vinogradov. Photo courtesy of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/GCTC jsc2012e039220

JSC2012-E-044895 (25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, the next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space Station hold a conversation near the site's Yuri Gagarin statue April 25, 2012 following their press conference. Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (left) and two cosmonauts -- Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (center) and Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (right) ? are scheduled to launch on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e044895

(25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, the next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space Station pose for pictures at the site's Yuri Gagarin museum April 25, 2012 following their press conference. Expedition 31 flight engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (left) and two cosmonauts -- Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (center)and flight engineer Sergei Revin (right) -- will launch on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e044889

JSC2012-E-044893 (25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, Expedition 31 backup crew members Kevin Ford of NASA (left) and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Evgeny Tarelkin (right) salute the site's Yuri Gagarin statue April 25, 2012 following their press conference. Expedition 31 prime crew members Joe Acaba of NASA and cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin (not pictured) ? are scheduled to launch on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e044893

(25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, Expedition 31 flight engineer Joe Acaba converses with backup crewmember and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford just after their press conference April 25. Acaba, along with Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin (not pictured), will launch on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e044886

JSC2012-E-044891 (25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, the next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space Station lay flowers at the site's large Yuri Gagarin statue April 25, 2012 following their press conference. Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (left) and two cosmonauts -- Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (right) ? are scheduled to launch on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e044891

(25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, Expedition 31 Soyuz commander Gennady Padalka signs a traditional cosmonauts' log at the site's Yuri Gagarin museum. Padalka, along with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, and cosmonaut Sergei Revin (not pictured) are preparing for the launch May 15 that will take them to the International Space Station on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e044887

JSC2012-E-044894 (25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, Expedition 31 backup crew members -- Russian cosmonauts Evgeny Tarelkin (left), Oleg Novitskiy (center) and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford (right) -- pose before the site's Yuri Gagarin statue April 25, 2012 following their press conference. Expedition 31 prime crew members Joe Acaba of NASA and cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin (not pictured) ? are scheduled to launch on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e044894

Aboard their Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane that transported them from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the next trio of crew members that will be launched to the International Space Station take time out May 2, 2012 to affix their Soyuz crew patch sticker to the cabin of the aircraft. From left to right are Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba. They will be launched to the station in their Soyuz TMA-04 spacecraft from Baikonur on May 15, Baikonur time. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e048662

(2 May, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on May 2, 2012, Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka kisses his granddaughter goodbye as his one of his daughters, left, looks on. Padalka, along with flight engineers Joe Acaba of NASA and cosmonaut Sergei Revin, flew to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch to the International Space Station on May 15 in their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e048521

JSC2012-E-096294 (7 June 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Expedition 32 backup crew member, 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 jsc2012e096294

JSC2012-E-096293 (7 June 2012) --- NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Expedition 32 backup crew member, 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 jsc2012e096293

JSC2012-E-096295 (7 June 2012) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 32 backup crew member, 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 jsc2012e096295

JSC2012-E-215390 (9 June 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, Expedition 33 backup crew member, 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 jsc2012e215390

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (left), NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko posed for photos prior to their final Russian Segment qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are set to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e094087

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (left), NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide prepared for their final Russian Segment qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are set to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e094086

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 backup crew member Tom Marshburn of NASA answers questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mockup before a final qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Marshburn’s colleagues, prime crew members Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineers Suni Williams of NASA and Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency practiced similar scenarios nearby in advance of their final approval for launch to the International Space Station July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e094091

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 backup crew members Tom Marshburn of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (center) and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency walked to a Soyuz simulator as they prepared for their final Soyuz qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Expedition 32 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineers Suni Williams and Aki Hoshide practiced similar scenarios nearby in advance of their final approval for launch to the International Space Station, scheduled for July 15, 2012. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e094088

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA gives a thumbs up during a media session at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before a final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Williams, along with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094942

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), answer questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before their final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094943

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), pose for photos at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before their final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094946

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams answers questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before a final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Williams, along with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (not shown), are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094941

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), answer questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before their final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094945

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko grasped hands at the completion of a pre-launch news conference June 22, 2012. The crew will travel to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations leading to their launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096279

With her prime crewmates and backup crewmembers looking on, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (first row, center) signed a visitors book at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center museum in Star City, Russia June 22, 2012 as part of traditional activities leading to her launch July 15 to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Williams will launch along with Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (first row, left) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (first row, right). Also participating in the activities were the backup crew on the top row, Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA (top row, left), Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (top row, center) and Roman Romanenko (top row, right). Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096280

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko answered questions during a pre-launch news conference June 22, 2012. The crew will travel to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations leading to their launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096281

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station answer questions from reporters during their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams. The trio are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur. NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098233

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station answer questions from reporters during their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams. The trio are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098232

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the Expedition 32/33 backup and prime crew members pose in front of Vladimir Lenin’s statue as part of their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup crew members Tom Marshburn of NASA, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, and prime crew members Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko. Hoshide, Williams and Malenchenko are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur. NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098231

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station walk with their families to their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (far left) Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (second from left), Malenchenko’s wife Ekaterina and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (far right). Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur. NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098229

(2 July 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, Expedition 32 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams waves goodbye prior to boarding a bus for a flight that would take her and her Expedition 32 crewmates -- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (background left) - to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch to the International Space Station on July 15 (Kazakhstan time) in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e098234

(2 July 2012) --- With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia, Expedition 32 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko carries his daughter July 2, 2012 prior to boarding a bus that would take him and his Expedition 32 crewmates -- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams - to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch to the International Space Station on July 15 (Kazakhstan time) in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e098308

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the Expedition 32 prime crew members pose in front of Vladimir Lenin’s statue as part of their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko. The trio are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-54M spacecraft from Baikonur. NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098230

JSC2012-E-238480 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, all Expedition 34 backup crew members, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e238480

JSC2012-E-238484 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 34 backup crew member, 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 jsc2012e238484

JSC2012-E-215392 (13 Sept. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, Expedition 33 flight engineer and Expedition 34 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 jsc2012e215392

JSC2012-E-215394 (13 Sept. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, Expedition 33/34 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 jsc2012e215394

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 backup crewmembers Alexander Misurkin (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Chris Cassidy of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz spacecraft mockup September 20, 2012 during final qualification exams. They are serving as understudies for prime crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford of NASA who are scheduled to launch on October 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-06 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216500

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) check in for the first of two days of final qualifications exams September 20, 2012 as they prepare for their launch October 23 in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216495

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 backup crewmember Chris Cassidy of NASA strikes a thoughtful pose as he participates in final qualification exams in front of a Soyuz spacecraft mockup September 20, 2012. Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin are serving as understudies for prime crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford of NASA who are scheduled to launch on October 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-06 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216501

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Evgeny Tarelkin (center) and Oleg Novitskiy (right) clasp hands as they begin the first of two days of final qualification exams September 20, 2012. Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin are preparing for their launch October 23 in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216498

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) report for their second day of final qualification exams September 21, 2012. The exams will lead to their launch October 23 in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month stay on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216646