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At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, training instructors monitor the work of Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos during final qualification exams May 26. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz simulator during Soyuz qualification exams May 26. They are serving as the backups to prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, who will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) arrive for Soyuz qualification exams May 26. They are serving as the backups to prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, who will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency signs in for the start of final qualification exams May 26 as his crewmates, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (left) and Kate Rubins of NASA (right) look on. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Kate Rubins of NASA (right) report to officials May 26 at the start of final qualification exams. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) field questions from reporters in front of a Soyuz simulator during Soyuz qualification exams May 26. They are serving as the backups to prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, who will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures May 26 during a final qualification exam session. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA signs in for the start of final qualification exams May 26 as her crewmates, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) look on. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmember Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency signs in for Soyuz qualification exams May 26. Pesquet, Peggy Whitson of NASA and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos are serving as the backups to prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, who will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA signs in for Soyuz qualification exams May 26. Whitson, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos are serving as the backups to prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, who will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures May 26 during a final qualification exam session. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA flashes a smile in front of a Soyuz simulator May 26 during final qualification exams. Whitson, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos are serving as the backups to prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, who will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA (front row, left) signs a commemorative book May 31 following the crews news conference. Looking on are crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (front row, center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (front row, right). In the back row from left to right are backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right). Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi are scheduled to launch June 24 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, ISS Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Kate Rubins of NASA (center) and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (right) walk to their bus June 24 as they departed for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. In the background on the left is backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA and in the background center is backup crewmember Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, ISS Expedition 48-49 prime crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA (left) shares a lighthearted moment June 24 with backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA before departing for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

ISS Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departs the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia June 24 for his launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and final pre-launch training. In the background on the right is crewmate Kate Rubins of NASA. Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Onishi will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

ISS Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (left), Peggy Whitson of NASA (center) and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (right) pose for pictures before departing their training base in Star City, Russia June 24 for the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

ISS Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA (left) flashes a smile June 24 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia before flying to her launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final pre-launch training. Looking on are crewmate Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) and backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA (background). Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Onishi will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

ISS Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (center) and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (right) wave to schoolchildren after arriving in Baikonur, Kazakhstan June 24 for final pre-launch training following a flight from Star City, Russia. The trio will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

Accompanied by his wife, ISS Expedition 48-49 crewmember Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos walks to a bus at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia June 24 as he and his crewmates departed for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Kate Rubins of NASA, Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

ISS Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) arrive in Baikonur, Kazakhstan June 24 for final pre-launch training after flying from Star City, Russia. The trio will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the ISS Expedition 48-49 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin June 24 as they departed for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, ISS Expedition 48-49 backup crewmember Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (left) shares a moment with prime crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency June 24 before heading to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Onishi will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

Aboard their aircraft on route to their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, ISS Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Kate Rubins of NASA (right) affix their mission insignia sticker to the wall June 24 after departing their training base in Star City, Russia. The trio will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, ISS Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) answer questions from reporters June 24 before departing for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trio will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

Aboard their aircraft en route to their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, ISS Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures after affixing their mission insignia stickers to the wall June 24 following their departure from their training base in Star City, Russia. The trio will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

ISS Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures with schoolchildren after arriving in Baikonur, Kazakhstan June 24 for final pre-launch training following a flight from Star City, Russia. The trio will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

ISS Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) arrive in Baikonur, Kazakhstan June 24 following a flight from their training base in Star City, Russia. Prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, ISS Expedition 48-49 backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA (left) shares a lighthearted moment June 24 with legendary cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, the first human to walk in space, as Whitson and other crewmembers departed for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Stephanie Stoll.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA conducts a fit check familiarization aboard the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft June 25 as part of the preparations for launch with Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on July 7, Baikonur time for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...GCTC/Andrei Shelepin.

SHL_9836-1:..In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA conducts a fit check familiarization aboard the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft June 25 as part of the preparations for launch with Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on July 7, Baikonur time for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...GCTC/Andrei Shelepin.

Outside the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA tries out a pair of binoculars June 25 as she prepares for launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft with Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures June 25 in front of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft during a fit check dress rehearsal activity. The trio will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

Outside the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency tries out a pair of binoculars June 25 as he prepares for launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft with Kate Rubins of NASA and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA climbs aboard the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft June 25 for a fit check dress rehearsal activity. Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA conducts a leak check of her Russian Sokol launch and entry suit June 25 as part of the preparations for launch with Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...GCTC/Andrei Shelepin.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) pose for pictures June 25 in front of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft during a fit check dress rehearsal activity. Prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency conducts a fit check familiarization aboard the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft June 25 as part of the preparations for launch with Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA on July 7, Baikonur time for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...GCTC/Andrei Shelepin.

Outside the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and Kate Rubins of NASA (second from left) receive a briefing on the use of a satellite phone June 25 as they prepare for their launch with Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA climbs aboard the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft June 25 for a fit check dress rehearsal activity. Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency climbs aboard the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft June 25 for a fit check dress rehearsal activity. Onishi, Kate Rubins of NASA and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency conducts a leak check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit June 25 as part of the preparations for launch with Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...GCTC/Andrei Shelepin.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures June 25 in front of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft during a fit check dress rehearsal activity. The trio will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) answer reporters questions June 26 as they continue preparations for launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

During a tour of a museum in Baikonur, Kazakhstan June 26, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Peggy Whitson of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of a mural depicting planets. Whitson, Novitskiy and Pesquet are backups to Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who are preparing for launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...GCTC/Andrei Shelepin.

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) answer reporters questions June 26 as they continue preparations for launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 48-49 prime and backup crewmembers conduct the traditional raising of the Russian, Japanese, American and Kazakh flags June 26. Prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) listen to remarks June 26 during the traditional raising of the American, Russian, Japanese and Kazakh flags. The trio will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

During a tour of the town in Baikonur, Kazakhstan June 26, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) pose for pictures in front of a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space. Whitson, Novitskiy and Pesquet are backups to Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who are preparing for launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...GCTC/Andrei Shelepin.

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA (left), Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (center) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) listen to remarks June 26 during the traditional raising of the American, Russian, Japanese and Kazakh flags. Prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch on July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (second from left), Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (second from right) and Kate Rubins of NASA (far right) listen to a rendezvous instructor June 30 during pre-launch training. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) lends a hand to NASAs Kate Rubins (crouching) as she plants a tree in her name June 30 in traditional pre-launch activities. Standing from left to right are backup crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and prime crewmember Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (foreground) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency conduct tests of their vestibular system on tilt tables June 30 as part of pre-launch activities. They and Kate Rubins of NASA will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (second from the right) helps to plant a tree in his name in traditional pre-launch activities June 30 with the assistance of prime crewmates Kate Rubins of NASA (far right) and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (left with water bucket). Looking on are backup crewmembers Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (standing, left), Peggy Whitson of NASA (standing, center) and Oleg Novitskiy (partially obscured, right). Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos tries his hand a billiards June 30 during pre-launch activities. Ivanishin, Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Kate Rubins of NASA will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures June 30 after Rubins and Onishi, both first-time fliers, planted trees in their names in traditional pre-launch activities. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) tries his hand at billiards June 30 during pre-launch activities as his crewmate, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos looks on. In the background on the left, backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA participates in a game of chess. Onishi, Ivanishin and Kate Rubins of NASA will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA waters a tree in her name first planted in 2007 during traditional pre-launch activities June 30. Whitson is one of three backups to the prime crewmembers, Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures June 30 during traditional pre-launch activities. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 backup crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA listens to a rendezvous instructor June 30 as her crewmate, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos (right) reviews documents. They are backups to the prime crewmembers, Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos share a game of ping-pong June 30 during pre-launch activities. They and Kate Rubins of NASA will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) take a stroll down the Walk of Cosmonauts June 30 as part of their pre-launch activities. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA takes a spin in a rotating chair to test her vestibular system June 30 as part of pre-launch activities. Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA (left) and her backup, NASAs Peggy Whitson (right) share a game of chess June 30 during pre-launch activities. Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA (front row, center) helps to plant a tree in her name in traditional pre-launch activities June 30 with the assistance of prime crewmates Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (front row, left) and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (front row, right). Looking on are backup crewmembers Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (standing, left), Peggy Whitson of NASA (standing, center) and Oleg Novitskiy (standing, right). Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency takes a spin in a rotating chair to test his vestibular system June 30 as part of pre-launch activities. Onishi, Kate Rubins of NASA and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmember Kate Rubins of NASA (third from left, standing) admires a tree she planted in her name in traditional pre-launch activities June 30 as her crewmates surround her. They include Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (crouching), and backup crewmembers Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (standing, left), Peggy Whitson of NASA (standing, second from the left), and Oleg Novitskiy (standing, second from the right) and prime crewmember Anatoly Ivanishin (right). Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) conduct rendezvous rehearsals on a laptop computer simulator June 30 as instructors look on. Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (foreground) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency conduct tests of their vestibular system on tilt tables June 30 as part of pre-launch activities. They and Kate Rubins of NASA will launch July 7, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a planned four-month mission on the International Space Station...NASA/Alexander Vysotsky.

DATE: 7-6-16 LOCATION: Bldg. 30 - WFCR SUBJECT: Expedition 48/49 flight control team during Launch of the Expedition 48-49 Crew (Ivanishin, Onishi, Rubins) on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Harnett jsc2016e089486

Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft on approach to the ISS

iss048e045920 (07/30/2016) --- The Sokol launch and entry suits for the crew of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft are seen in storage onboard the docked ship. Suits for Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (left), Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (middle) and Kate Rubins of NASA (right) are visible. iss048e045920

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 backup crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA (left) and Alexander Misurkin (center) and Nikolai Tikhonov (right) of Roscosmos answer reporters’ questions Aug. 30 at the start of final qualification exams. They are serving as backups to prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos who will launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107486

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Andrey Borisenko (center) and Sergey Ryzhikov (right) of Roscosmos report to officials Aug. 30 for the start of two days of final qualification exams. The trio is preparing for launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107488

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Andrey Borisenko (center) and Sergey Ryzhikov (right) of Roscosmos respond to reporters questions Aug. 30 at the start of two days of final qualification exams. The trio is preparing for launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107489

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 backup crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA (left) and Alexander Misurkin (center) and Nikolai Tikhonov (right) of Roscosmos pose for pictures Aug. 30 at the start of final qualification exams. They are serving as backups to prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos who will launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107487

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 backup crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA (right, far left) and Alexander Misurkin (right, center) and Nikolai Tikhonov (right, far right) of Roscosmos report to officials Aug. 30 at the start of final qualification exams. They are serving as backups to prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos who will launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107483

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Andrey Borisenko (center) and Sergey Ryzhikov (right) of Roscosmos wave to reporters Aug. 30 at the start of two days of final qualification exams. The trio is preparing for launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107492

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 backup crewmember Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos signs in Aug. 30 for the start of final qualification exams. Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Nikolai Tikhonov of Roscosmos are serving as backups to prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos who will launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107484

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 prime crewmember Shane Kimbrough of NASA responds to a reporter’s question Aug. 30 at the start of two days of final qualification exams. Kimbrough and Andrey Borisenko (right) and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos are preparing for launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107490

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 backup crewmember Mark Vande Hei of NASA signs in Aug. 30 for the start of final qualification exams. Vande Hei and Alexander Misurkin and Nikolai Tikhonov of Roscosmos are serving as backups to prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos who will launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107485

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49-50 prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Andrey Borisenko (center) and Sergey Ryzhikov (right) of Roscosmos pose for pictures Aug. 30 at the start of two days of final qualification exams. The trio is preparing for launch on Sept. 24 (Kazakh time) on their Soyuz MS-02 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e107491

Expedition 49 crewmembers Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos (left), Shane Kimbrough of NASA (center) and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos (right) are greeted by school children Sept. 8 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan after they arrived on a flight from their base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia for final pre-launch training. The trio will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109741

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Sergey Ryzhikov (center) and Andrey Borisenko (right) of Roscosmos pose for pictures Sept. 8 before departing on a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where they will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109729

Expedition 49 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos report to Russian space officials Sept. 8 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan for final pre-launch training after a flight from their base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The trio will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109740

Expedition 49 backup crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA (left) and Alexander Misurkin (center) and Nikolai Tikhonov (right) of Roscosmos arrive in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 8 for final pre-launch training after a flight from their base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The trio will serve as backups to prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos, who will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109742

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49 crewmember Shane Kimbrough of NASA departs his cottage Sept. 8 for a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where he and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109726

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft bound for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49 crewmember Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos (center) affixes a Soyuz MS-02 crew decal to a door Sept. 8 in a traditional ceremony. Looking on are crewmates Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos (left) and Shane Kimbrough of NASA (right). The trio will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109737

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Sergey Ryzhikov (center) and Andrey Borisenko (right) of Roscosmos walk to busses Sept. 8 that will take them to nearby Chkalovsky Airfield and a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where they will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109728

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49 crewmember Shane Kimbrough of NASA flashes a smile Sept. 8 as he prepares to board a bus that took him and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos to nearby Chkalovsky Airfield and a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where they will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109734

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49 crewmembers Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos (left), Shane Kimbrough of NASA (center) and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos (right) arrive for a breakfast ceremony Sept. 8 before departing for a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where they will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109727

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49 crewmember Sergey Ryzhikov leads a crowd of people to a waiting bus Sept. 8 that took him, Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos to nearby Chkalovsky Airfield and a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where they will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109733

Expedition 49 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Sergey Ryzhikov (center) and Andrey Borisenko (right) of Roscosmos arrive in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Sept. 8 for final pre-launch training after a flight from their base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The trio will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109739

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 49 backup crewmembers Alexander Misurkin (far right) and Nikolai Tikhonov (second from right) of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA (third from right) say goodbye to well-wishers Sept. 8 before boarding busses that took them and prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos to nearby Chkalovsky Airfield and a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109736

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 49 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures Sept. 8 before departing on a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Alexander Misurkin and Nikolai Tikhonov of Roscosmos, and prime crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Sergey Ryzhikov (center) and Andrey Borisenko (right) of Roscosmos. Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2016e109730

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft bound for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49-50 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left), and Andrey Borisenko (center) and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos (right) affix an Expedition 50 crew decal to a door Sept. 8 in a traditional ceremony. The trio will launch on Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109738

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49 crewmember Shane Kimbrough of NASA (right) tests a pair of binoculars Sept. 9 as part of pre-launch training. Looking on is crewmate Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos. Kimbrough, Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos will launch Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 vehicle for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109770

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49 crewmember Shane Kimbrough of NASA conducts procedures inside the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft Sept. 9 during a pre-launch training fit check. Kimbrough and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos will launch Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 vehicle for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109768

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49 crewmember Shane Kimbrough of NASA undergoes a pressure test on his Sokol launch and entry suit Sept. 9 during a pre-launch training fit check. Kimbrough and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos will launch Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 vehicle for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109765

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49 backup crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA (left) and Alexander Misurkin (center) and Nikolai Tikhonov (right) of Roscosmos pose for pictures Sept. 9 in front of the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft during a pre-launch training fit check. They will back up the prime crewmembers, Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos, who will launch Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 vehicle for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2016e109769