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Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007, for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station. Shukor, who is flying under an agreement between Malaysia and the Russian Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2852

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007 for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station. Shukor, who is flying under an agreement between Malaysia and the Russian Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2852

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007 for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station. Shukor, who is flying under an agreement between Malaysia and the Russian Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2851

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007 for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station. Shukor, who is flying under an agreement between Malaysia and the Russian Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2850

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007, for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station. Shukor, who is flying under an agreement between Malaysia and the Russian Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2851

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007, for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station. Shukor, who is flying under an agreement between Malaysia and the Russian Federal Space Agency, will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2850

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are protected behind glass during the State Commission meeting and press conference Oct. 9, 2007, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew is in preparation for their launch to the International Space Station Oct. 10 in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2854

(left to right) Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszhaphar Shukor are protected behind glass during the State Commission meeting and Press Conference Oct. 09, 2007 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew is in preparation for their launch to the International Space Station Oct. 10 in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2853

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszhaphar Shukor and their backup crew are protected behind glass during the State Commission meeting and Press Conference Oct. 09, 2007 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew is in preparation for their launch to the International Space Station Oct. 10 in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2854

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are protected behind glass during the State Commission meeting and press conference Oct. 9, 2007, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew is in preparation for their launch to the International Space Station Oct. 10 in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2853

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at sunset Oct. 10, 2007, in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bound for a docking to the International Space Station on Oct. 12. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2857

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (middle), Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (bottom) and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor wave farewell at the steps of the Soyuz rocket. The crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at sunset Oct. 10, 2007, in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bound for a docking to the International Space Station on Oct. 12. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2855

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at sunset Oct. 10, 2007, in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bound for a docking to the International Space Station on Oct. 12. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2856

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at sunset Oct. 10, 2007 in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bound for a docking to the International Space Station on Oct. 12. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station, while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2856

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at sunset Oct. 10, 2007 in their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bound for a docking to the International Space Station on Oct. 12. Whitson and Malenchenko will spend six months on the station, while Shukor will return to Earth Oct. 21 with two of the Expedition 15 crewmembers currently on the complex. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2857

Korolev, Russia -- Live video from the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft of the International Space Station is shown on the screen in the Russian Mission Control Center, Korolev, outside Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2859

Spaceflight Participant Shukor poses for a photo in the US Lab

Live video from the International Space Station is shown on the screen in the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow, October 12, 2007. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (bottom right), Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko (bottom center) and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (bottom left) docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT. Oct. 12, 2007. (top left to right) Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clay Anderson welcomed the new crew aboard the station when the hatches were opened at 12:22p.m. EDT. Both crews will work together for about nine days before Yurchikhin, Kotov and Shukor depart in their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2861

View of Spaceflight Participant Shukor exiting the docked Soyuz

Korolev, Russia -- The flags of Malaysia, Russia and the United States sit between the phones used by officials to talk to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in the Russian Mission Control Center, Korolev, outside Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2858

View of Spaceflight Participant Shukor exiting the docked Soyuz

Korolev, Russia -- William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations, speaks on the phone to the crews of the International Space Station Oct. 12, 2007, from the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside of Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2862

Korolev, Russia -- Live video from the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft of the International Space Station is shown on the screen, upper right, in the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2860

Live video from the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft of the International Space Station is shown on the screen, upper right, in the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT. Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2860

William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations speaks on the phone to the crews of the International Space Station, October 12, 2007 from the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside of Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT. Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2862

Live video from the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft of the International Space Station is shown on the screen in the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT. Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2859

Korolev, Russia -- Live video from the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft of the International Space Station is shown on the screen in the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow Oct. 12, 2007. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (bottom right), Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko (bottom center) and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (bottom left) docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT Oct. 12, 2007. From top left to right, Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhim and Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clay Anderson welcomed the new crew aboard the station when the hatches were opened at 12:22 p.m. EDT. Both crews fill work together for about nine days before Yurchikhin, Kotov and Shukor depart in their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-07pd2861

The flags of Malaysia, Russia and the United States sit between the phones used by officials to talk to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow. Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT. Oct. 12, 2007. The crew launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 07pd2858