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Official portrait for Expedition 38 – Crew members are: (Soyuz 36) – Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy, Mike Hopkins; (Soyuz 37): Mikhail Tyurin, Richard Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata. (Also known as Expedition 38/39). Photo Date: October 3, 2012. Location: Building 8, Room 183 - Photo Studio. Photographer: Robert Markowitz iss038-s-002

JSC2013-E-013367 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, attired in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e013367

JSC2013-E-013369 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup crew, attired in their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) is flanked by backup Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins (left) of NASA and Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e013369

JSC2013-E-075997 (20 Feb. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, Expedition 37/38 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 jsc2013e075997

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 backup crewmember Michael Hopkins of NASA answers questions from the news media March 4 as he and his crewmates prepare for a series of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy will backup prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, who are preparing for launch to the International Space Station March 29 (Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013522

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers are greeted by Russian space officials March 4 as they prepare for a series of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy (right) will backup prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, who are preparing for launch to the International Space Station March 29 (Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013520

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers answer questions from the news media March 4 as they prepare for a series of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy (right) will backup prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, who are preparing for launch to the International Space Station March 29 (Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013521

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers Oleg Kotov (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy (center) and Michael Hopkins of NASA (right) pose for pictures during a pre-launch news conference March 7. The three crewmembers are in training as backups to Chris Cassidy of NASA, Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov who are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013830

(16 March 2013) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35 prime and backup crew members pose for pictures March 16, 2013 before departing for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final training. From left to right are Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA, and backup crew members – cosmonauts Sergey Ryazanskiy and Oleg Kotov, and Michael Hopkins of NASA. Misurkin, Vinogradov and Cassidy are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 29, Kazakh time, on their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2013e017244

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 35-36 prime and backup crews pose for pictures March 17 during a systems dress rehearsal called a “fit check”. Left to right in the front row is the prime crew --- NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin. Left to the right in the back row are backup crewmembers Michael Hopkins of NASA, Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin are preparing for launch to the International Space Station from Baikonur on March 29, Kazakh time. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e017255

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 35-36 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures March 18 following the traditional ceremony in which they raised the flags of Russia, the United States and Kazakhstan. From left to right are prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA, Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin and backup crewmembers Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Michael Hopkins of NASA. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e017250

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 35-36 prime and backup crewmembers prepare to hoist the flags of Russia, the United States and Kazakhstan March 18 during traditional ceremonies. From left to right are backup crewmember Oleg Kotov (partially hidden), prime crewmember Pavel Vinogradov, prime NASA crewmember Chris Cassidy, his backup, Michael Hopkins of NASA, prime crewmember Alexander Misurkin and his backup, Sergey Ryazanskiy. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin are preparing for launch to the International Space Station from Baikonur on March 29, Kazakh time. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e017249

Inside the Gagarin Museum at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 35/36 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures March 23, part of the ceremonial pre-launch activities in Baikonur. Pictured from left to right are prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA, Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov and backup crewmembers Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Michael Hopkins of NASA. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin are preparing for launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e018162

JSC2013-E-075999 (18 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (center), Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander; along with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins (left) and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, both Expedition 37/38 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a crew portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e075999

JSC2013-E-076004 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (center), Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander; along with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins (left) and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, both Expedition 37/38 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a crew portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e076004

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime crewmembers check in with Russian officials Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for their launch to the International Space Station later this month. Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (far left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (left and center) and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left and far right) are greeted by GCTC Director Sergei Krikalev (right in blue suit) and NASA astronaut Shannon Walker (right and to Krilkalev’s left). Kotov, Ryazanskiy and Hopkins are scheduled to launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079232

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime crewmembers check in with Russian officials Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for their launch to the International Space Station later this month. Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (right) are in the final weeks of training for their launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079235

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) signs in Sept. 3 to initiate a round of qualification exams as his backup crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson (left) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev (right) look on. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crew – Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA -- who will launch to the International Space Station Sept. 26 in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakshtan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079230

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (right) signs in Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for his launch to the International Space Station later this month. Looking on are his crewmates, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (left) and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center). The trio is in the final weeks of training for launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079234

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev clasp hands Sept. 3 during a round of qualification exams. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crew – Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA -- who will launch to the International Space Station Sept. 26 in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakshtan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079231

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) signs in Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for his launch to the International Space Station later this month. Looking on are his crewmates, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (left) and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (right). The trio is in the final weeks of training for launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079233

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA answers a question from a reporter Sept. 4 as he and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy conducted a qualification exam. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079962

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (left) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) look on. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079961

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (partially hidden behind Kotov) look on. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079959

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as he and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins enter the final phase of their training. The trio is preparing for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079960

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) meet with Russian and U.S. officials at the start of a round of qualification exams Sept. 4. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079958

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Russian instructors monitor the performance of Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy Sept. 4 as they conducted a qualification exam in a Soyuz spacecraft simulator. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079964

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center), Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) clasp hands during a qualification exam Sept. 4. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079963

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow, Five of the six Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures Sept. 6 during the traditional visit to lay flowers at the wall where Russian space icons are interred. With the onion domed spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, from left to right are backup NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson, prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, prime Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and backup Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080238

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov lays flowers Sept. 6 in a traditional ceremony to honor Russian space icons who are interred there. Kotov, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080234

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy lays flowers Sept. 6 in a traditional ceremony to honor Russian space icons who are interred there. Ryazanskiy, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080235

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA answers a question from a reporter at a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmate, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (right) looks on. Along with Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, Hopkins and Kotov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080225

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA hands the microphone to an interpreters after answering a question from a reporter at a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmate, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (right) looks on. Along with Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, Hopkins and Kotov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080224

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (front row, center) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his prime and backup crewmates look on. In the front row are prime crewmates NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right). In the back row are backup crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev (right). Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080229

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his Soyuz Commander, Oleg Kotov (right) looks on. Hopkins, Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080230

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) pose for pictures Sept. 6 during the traditional visit to lay flowers at the wall where Russian space icons are interred. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080237

On a rainy day at Red Square in Moscow, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA poses for pictures Sept. 6 in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral during a traditional trip to lay flowers at the Kremlin Wall where Russian space icons are interred. In the background is backup crewmember Oleg Artemyev. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080232

With the onion dome spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral serving as a backdrop, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (front row, left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (front row, center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (front row, right) lead the way along the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow to lay flowers Sept. 6 in a traditional ceremony to honor Russian space icons who are interred there. Kotov, Hopkins and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080233

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA lays flowers Sept. 6 in a traditional ceremony to honor Russian space icons who are interred there. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080236

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (second from left) holds a toy cat mascot during a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (far left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (second from the right) look on. Also participating in the news conference was the head of the Cosmonaut Training Center, Sergei Krikalev (far right). The mascot will be mounted inside the crew’s Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft over Kotov’s head as a “zero-g indicator” once the crew launches. Their launch to the International Space Station is set for Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080223

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right, front row) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his prime and backup crewmates look on. In the front row are prime crewmates NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center). In the back row are backup crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev (right). Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080228

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) hold a replica of the Olympic torch Sept. 6 following a crew news conference at their training facility outside Moscow. The trio is preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. The torch that will light the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia Feb. 7, 2014 will be flown the space station by another crew in November and brought home several days later as part of a global and galactic Olympic relay. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080227

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) holds up a certificate proclaiming his readiness to launch and his crewmate, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) holds up a crew portrait Sept. 6 as NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) looks on. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080226

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his Soyuz Commander, Alexander Skvortsov (center) and backup Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev (right) look on. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crewmembers --- NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, who are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080231

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) poses for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony at their training base for a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087556

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA flashes an “all ok” sign Sept. 13 after boarding a bus at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City with his crewmates for a ride to nearby airport and a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087559

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA provides a fist pump Sept. 13 after his arrival at an airport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan near the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome following a flight from his training base outside of Moscow with his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087547

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (left), the first human to walk in space, shares a light moment with Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (right) Sept. 13 before Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and their backups departed with their backup crewmates for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087552

Flanked by his crewmates, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) is greeted by Russian space officials at an airport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 13 near the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome after a flight from their training base outside Moscow earlier in the day. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087546

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (center) shares a light moment with his backup, NASA’s Steve Swanson (left) and the first human to walk in space, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (right) Sept. 13 before Hopkins and Swanson departed with their other crewmates for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087551

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) walk to ground transportation at an airport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan near the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Sept. 13 following a flight from their training base outside of Moscow. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087548

Expedition 37/38 prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (right) exchanges information with his backup, Steve Swanson of NASA (left) after arriving with their crewmates in Baikonur, Kazakhstan on a flight from their training base outside of Moscow. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087549

Flying aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane to his launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA affixes a crew patch sticker to the cabin wall Sept. 13 following his departure from his training base outside Moscow with his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087545

At an airport near their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures Sept. 13 after arriving in Baikonur on a flight from their training base outside Moscow. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev, backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov, backup Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and prime Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087550

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony at their training base for a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev, backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov, backup Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and prime Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087557

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) lead the procession Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony as they left their training base for a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087554

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) lead the procession Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony as they left their training base for a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087555

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) answers a question from a reporter Sept. 13 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) look on. The trio departed Star City for a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where they will launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087558

Fresh off of their return to Earth following almost six months aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 36 crewmembers Alexander Misurkin (left) and Pavel Vinogradov (right) take a stroll at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony for Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins. Misurkin and Vinogradov landed in their Soyuz spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan Sept. 11 with NASA’s Chris Cassidy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy left Star City for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where they will launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087553

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft Sept. 14 during a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. The three crewmembers are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087823

Clad in their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft Sept. 14 during a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. The three crewmembers are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087829

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA runs through his procedures inside the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft Sept. 14 as part of a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz vehicle to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087831

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA flexes his arms during a pressure check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit Sept. 14 as part of a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087827

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA waves during a pressure check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit Sept. 14 as part of a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087826

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA hoists his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit into the air Sept. 14 as part of a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087832

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (front left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (front center) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (front right) pose for pictures with their backup crewmembers Sept. 14 during a “fit check” dress rehearsal exercise. The backups standing behind the prime crew are Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087828

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA focuses on a piece of hardware Sept. 14 as part of a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087830

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA is helped into his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit Sept. 14 for a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087825

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) walk past the Soyuz booster rocket Sept. 14 during a “fit check” dress rehearsal training exercise. The three crewmembers are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087824

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers raise the U.S., Russian and Kazakh flags Sept. 15 in a traditional ceremony. The event was part of the activities that will lead to the launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, of Michael Hopkins of NASA, Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087834

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers prepare to raise the U.S., Russian and Kazakh flags Sept. 15 in a traditional ceremony. From left to right are prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, his backup, Steve Swanson of NASA and backup Alexander Skvortsov (far right). Hidden from view are prime Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy and his backup, Oleg Artemyev. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087833

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers participate in ceremonies following the traditional raising of U.S., Russian and Kazakh flags Sept. 15. From left to right are prime crewmembers Michael Hopkins of NASA, Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy and their backups, Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087835

Expedition 37/38 backup crewmembers Oleg Artemyev (left), Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Steve Swanson of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, during a tour of the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 17. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crewmembers, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, who are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087836

Expedition 37/38 backup crewmember Steve Swanson of NASA views a model of a Soyuz rocket during a tour of the famed Korolev Museum at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Sept. 17. Swanson, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are serving as backups to the prime crewmembers, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, who are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087838

Dressed in traditional Kazakh garb, Expedition 37/38 backup crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev (right) enjoy festivities and a Kazakh meal in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 17. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are serving as backups to the prime crewmembers, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, who are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087840

Expedition 37/38 backup crewmember Steve Swanson of NASA signs a wall mural depicting a Soyuz rocket during a tour of the famed Korolev Museum at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Sept. 17. Swanson, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are serving as backups to the prime crewmembers, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, who are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087839

Expedition 37/38 backup crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev (right) pay tribute at the statue of Sergei Korolev, the legendary Russian space designer, during a tour of the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 17. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crewmembers, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, who are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087837

At his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA engages in a round of weightlifting Sept. 18 as part of a media availability for reporters and photographers. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087986

At his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA conducts a series of chin up exercises Sept. 18. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087985

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (front row, left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (front row, center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (front row, right) lead a procession down the “Walk of Cosmonauts” behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 18. Behind the trio are their backups from left to right, Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087987

With assistance from crewmates Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (left) and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (right), Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (center) admires a tree planted in his name in traditional ceremonies behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 18. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087988

Under the watchful eye of backup crewmember Oleg Artemyev (rear), Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA plays a game of billiards at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 18. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087983

Under the watchful eye of backup crewmember Oleg Artemyev (right), Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA plays a game of badminton at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 18. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087984

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy come under the watchful eye of training instructors Sept. 18 as they practice rendezvous and docking techniques on a laptop computer simulator. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087982

Behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) pose for pictures Sept. 18 as they enter the homestretch of their pre-flight training. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are set to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087990

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA poses for photos by a tree planted in his name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 18. The tree planting was part of traditional ceremonies as Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy prepare to launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087989

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft hovers behind the third stage of a Soyuz rocket Sept. 19 prior to its encapsulation into the booster. Standing in the midst of other Soyuz rocket components being prepared for future flights, the Soyuz spacecraft will move to its launch pad Sept. 23 for final preparations for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy into orbit for the start of a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088067

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft is readied for its encapsulation in the third stage of a Soyuz rocket Sept. 19. The Soyuz spacecraft will move to its launch pad Sept. 23 for final preparations for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy into orbit for the start of a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088069

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft is lowered into place for its encapsulation in the third stage of a Soyuz rocket Sept. 19. The Soyuz spacecraft will move to its launch pad Sept. 23 for final preparations for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy into orbit for the start of a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088068

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft is installed in the third stage of a Soyuz rocket Sept. 19. The Soyuz spacecraft will move to its launch pad Sept. 23 for final preparations for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy into orbit for the start of a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088070

With the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft nestled inside, the third stage of a Soyuz booster rocket stands erect in the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Sept. 19. The “encapsulation” process set the stage for the third stage of the Soyuz booster to be mated with two other rocket stages Sept. 22 in advance of the rocket’s rollout to the launch pad in Baikonur Sept. 23. Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy will launch on the Soyuz Sept. 26, Kazakh time, for the start of a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088071

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft is prepared for encapsulation into the third stage of a Soyuz booster rocket Sept. 19. The Soyuz spacecraft will move to its launch pad Sept. 23 for final preparations for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy into orbit for the start of a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088066

Touring the Korolev Museum at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures by an old Russian launch and entry suit Sept. 20. From left to right are prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, prime Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and backup crewmembers Oleg Artemyev, Alexander Skvortsov and Steve Swanson of NASA. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088574

The prime and backup Expedition 37/38 crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the first stage engines of the Soyuz booster rocket in the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Sept. 20. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev, prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, prime Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, backup So6yuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov and backup Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy completed a final “fit check” inspection of their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft, preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088572

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) clasp hands in front of the first stage engines of the Soyuz booster rocket Sept. 20 as they completed a final “fit check” inspection of their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088573

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA flashes a smile as he boards the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft Sept. 20. Hopkins and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy completed a final “fit check” dress rehearsal of procedures leading to their launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088570

Touring the Korolev Museum at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA signs a wall mural depicting a Soyuz rocket Sept. 20 as he and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy completed a final “fit check” inspection of their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088575

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) pose for pictures Sept. 20 near a wall mural of Russian space icon Sergei Korolev as they completed a final “fit check” dress rehearsal of procedures leading to their launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. The words on the mural in Russian echo a famous line by Korolev, “the road to the stars is open”. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088571

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft Sept. 20 as they completed a final “fit check” dress rehearsal of procedures leading to their launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from Baikonur to begin a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e088569