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October 12, 2003, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (left to right) European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale, Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri gather on the bus after the flight down from Moscow to Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Expedition 8 is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 18th onboard a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd2795

October 12, 2003, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Victor Grin, A member of the Russian State Commission (left) greets (left to right) Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale, Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri and European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain. Expedition 8 is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 18th onboard a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd2794

Baikonur, Kazakhstan - (Left to right) Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale, European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain and Valery Korzun, chief of Cosmonauts, arrive in Baikonur. Expedition 8 is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 18 on board a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" KSC-03pd2793

Baikonur, Kazakhstan - Victor Grin (left), a member of the Russian State Commission, greets (left to right) Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale, Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri and European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain. Expedition 8 is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct.18 on board a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" KSC-03pd2794

October 12, 2003, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (left to right) Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale, European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain and Valery Korzun, Chief of Cosmonauts arrive in Baikonur. Expedition 8 is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 18th onboard a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd2793

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

October 13, 2003. Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The prime and backup crews for Saturday's launch of the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station receive a briefing from a Cosmodrome official prior to a final inspection of the capsule in the complex' integration facility. The prime crew consists of Expedition 8 ISS Commander and NASA Science Officer Mike Foale (far left), Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and ISS Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri (second from the left) and European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain (third from the left), who is flying to the ISS for just over a week under a commercial contract between ESA and the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Foale and Kaleri will spend almost 200 days on the ISS. Photo Credit"NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd2796

October 15, 2003. Cosmonaut Hotel, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Expedition 8 Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri and European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain receive a briefing on launch procedures from a Russian trainer at their crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 15, 2003 as they prepare for launch Oct. 18 in a Soyuz TMA-3 vehicle to the International Space Station. The mission is led by Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale (not pictured). Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls" 03pd2814

Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, Russia's Federal Space Agency, Expedition 11 commander, Soyuz commander.

ISS016-S-002A (June 2007) ---This crew portrait shows astronaut Peggy Whitson, Expedition 16 commander, with Russia's Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, flight engineer and Soyuz commander. The two veterans of previous International Space Station flights are scheduled to launch to the complex in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October for a six-month mission. iss016-s-002a

ISS016-S-002F (June 2007) --- This crew portrait shows the variety of crewmembers who will occupy the International Space Station during Expedition 16. Astronaut Peggy Whitson (front row, right), station commander; and Russia's Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (front row, left), flight engineer and Soyuz commander, will join NASA astronaut Clay Anderson (back row, left), flight engineer, in October after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft. Anderson will be replaced in October by astronaut Dan Tani (back row, second from left), flight engineer, who will yield his place in December to Leopold Eyharts of the European Space Agency (back row, third from left). Eyharts will be replaced in February 2008 by astronaut Garrett Reisman (back row, far right), flight engineer. iss016-s-002f

ISS016-S-002C (June 2007) --- This crew portrait shows astronaut Peggy Whitson, expedition 16 commander, with Russia's Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (right), flight engineer and Soyuz commander; and astronaut Dan Tani, flight engineer, who will arrive on the station in October to replace Clay Anderson. Anderson will have been aboard since June. Whitson and Malenchenko, two veterans of previous International Space Station flights, are scheduled to launch to the complex in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October for a six-month mission. iss016-s-002c

ISS016-S-002E (June 2007) --- This crew portrait shows astronaut Peggy Whitson, Expedition 16 commander, with Russia's Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (left), flight engineer and Soyuz commander; and astronaut Garrett Reisman, flight engineer. Reisman will arrive on the station in February 2008 to replace Leopold Eyharts of the European Space Agency, who arrives in December. Whitson and Malenchenko, two veterans of previous International Space Station flights, are scheduled to launch to the complex in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October for a six-month mission. iss016-s-002e

ISS016-S-002B (June 2007) --- This crew portrait shows astronaut Peggy Whitson, Expedition 16 commander, with Russia Federal Space Agency's cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (right), flight engineer and Soyuz commander; and astronaut Clay Anderson, flight engineer, who arrived on the station in June. Whitson and Malenchenko, two veterans of previous International Space Station flights, are scheduled to launch to the complex in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October for a six-month mission. Anderson will be replaced in October by astronaut Dan Tani of NASA. iss016-s-002b

ISS016-S-002D (June 2007) --- This crew portrait shows astronaut Peggy Whitson, Expedition 16 commander; with Russia's Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (right), flight engineer and Soyuz commander, and the European Space Agency's Leopold Eyharts, flight engineer. Eyharts will arrive on the station in December to replace Dan Tani of NASA, who arrives in October. Whitson and Malenchenko, two veterans of previous International Space Station flights, are scheduled to launch to the complex in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October for a six-month mission. iss016-s-002d

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

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

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

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

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

JSC2011-E-030083 (31 March 2011) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Ron Garan (left), Expedition 27 flight engineer; Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev (center), Soyuz commander; and Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, take a moment from their final Soyuz training session March 31, 2011 as preparations continue for their launch April 5 (Kazakhstan time) on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed ?Gagarin?, is launching one week shy of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin from the same launch pad in Baikonur on April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. The first stage of the Soyuz booster behind them is emblazoned with the name ?Gagarin? and the likeness of the first person to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030083

JSC2011-E-030086 (31 March 2011) --- At the Korolev Museum near the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 27 flight engineer, signs a picture of a Soyuz rocket March 31, 2011 as part of traditional ceremonies leading to the launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft April 5 (Kazakhstan time) that will carry him, along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander; and Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, to the International Space Station. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed ?Gagarin?, is launching one week shy of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin from the same launch pad in Baikonur on April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030086

(31 March 2011) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 27 flight engineer, takes a moment from his final Soyuz training session March 31, 2011 as preparations continue for launch April 5 (Kazakhstan time) of Garan and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander, and Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin”, is launching one week shy of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin from the same launch pad in Baikonur to become the first human to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030081

(31 March 2011) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Ron Garan (from left), Expedition 27 flight engineer, and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander, and Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, take a moment from their final Soyuz training session March 31, 2011 as preparations continue for their launch April 5 (Kazakhstan time) on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin”, is launching one week shy of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin from the same launch pad in Baikonur to become the first human to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030080

JSC2011-E-030087 (31 March 2011) --- The Expedition 27 prime and backup crew members pose for pictures March 31, 2011 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in front of the cottage near the launch pad in which Yuri Gagarin slept the night before he launched April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. NASA astronaut Ron Garan, flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev, Soyuz commander, and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, flight engineer, will launch April 5 (Kazakhstan time) in their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Their Soyuz has been dubbed ?Gagarin? in honor of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin?s launch. From left to right are Borisenko, backup crew member Anatoly Ivanishin, Samokutyaev, backup crew member Dan Burbank, Garan and backup crew member Anton Shkaplerov. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030087

JSC2011-E-030362 (1 April 2011) --- The upper stage of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft is moved into position for mating with the rest of the Soyuz booster at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan April 1, 2011. Preparations continue for the launch of the Expedition 27 crew to the International Space Station April 5 (Kazakhstan time). Astronaut Ron Garan of NASA, along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev (Soyuz commander) and Andrey Borisenko will be aboard the Soyuz, which is dubbed ?Gagarin?, for the launch that will occur just one week shy of the launch of Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030362

JSC2011-E-030364 (1 April 2011) --- The upper stage of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft is moved into position for mating with the rest of the Soyuz booster at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan April 1, 2011. Preparations continue for the launch of the Expedition 27 crew to the International Space Station April 5 (Kazakhstan time). Astronaut Ron Garan of NASA, along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev (Soyuz commander) and Andrey Borisenko will be aboard the Soyuz, which is dubbed ?Gagarin?, for the launch that will occur just one week shy of the launch of Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030364

JSC2011-E-030358 (1 April 2011) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, technicians bolt the launch escape tower to the upper stage of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft April 1, 2011. Preparations continue for the launch of the Expedition 27 crew to the International Space Station April 5 (Kazakhstan time). Astronaut Ron Garan of NASA, along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev (Soyuz commander) and Andrey Borisenko will be aboard the Soyuz, which is dubbed ?Gagarin?, for the launch that will occur just one week shy of the launch of Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030358

ISS030-E-257828 (27 April 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (foreground), Expedition 30 flight engineer and Soyuz commander; along with NASA astronaut Dan Burbank (right background), Expedition 30 commander, and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, flight engineer, prepare for the undocking of their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft from the Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) of the International Space Station. iss030e257828

JSC2013-E-013365 (February 2013) --- Taking a break from a training schedule that will lead them up to a March 2013 tour aboard the International Space Station are (from left) Expedition 35/36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA, Expedition 35 Soyuz Commander and Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmos and Expedition 35/36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e013365

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 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

0888: At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 40/41 backup crewmember Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (right) signs a ceremonial book at the Gagarin Museum May 8 as her Soyuz Commander, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) looks on. Cristoforetti, Shkaplerov and Terry Virts of NASA are the backups to prime crewmembers Max Suraev of Roscosmos, Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, who are preparing for launch May 29, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e042123

JSC2015E032663 (02/06/2015) --- Official crew photograph of Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer with the International Space Station's Expedition 47. Ovchinin also serves as the backup for Soyuz Commander for the Expedition 43 crew. Credit: (Roscosmos/GCTC) jsc2015e032663

6005: At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 42/43 crewmember Terry Virts of NASA (right) tries his hand at Ping-Pong Nov. 18 as his Soyuz Commander, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left) looks on. Virts, Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency are preparing to launch Nov. 24, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Sergei Fyodorov jsc2014e093277

5939: At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 42/43 crewmember Terry Virts of NASA (left) tries his hand at billiards Nov. 18 as his Soyuz Commander, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, right) looks on. Virts, Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency are preparing to launch Nov. 24, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Sergei Fyodorov jsc2014e093276