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Expedition 12 Launch

Expedition 12 Postflight

Expedition 14 Preflight Activities

Expedition 17 Pre-launch Images from Kazakhstan

ISS017 prelaunch images from Kazakhstan

ISS017 prelaunch images from Kazakhstan

ISS017 prelaunch images from Kazakhstan

Nespoli climbs stairs in Integration Facility for final inspection of Soyuz TMA-20. -NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195211

Nespoli signs a Soyuz launch picture in the Korolev Museum in the Baikonur Cosmodrome. -NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195218

The Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers arrive at the Baikonur, Kazakhstan airport October 26 after flying from their training base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Max Suraev (center) and Reid Wiseman of NASA (right) are understudies to the prime crew, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Rick Mastracchio of NASA, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091187

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (left), Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (center) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin affix a sticker bearing their mission’s insignia to the cabin’s wall October 26 as they flew from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final pre-launch preparations. Mastracchio, Wakata and Tyurin will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091184

Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) greet Russian space officials on the tarmac at Baikonur, Kazakhstan October 26 after they arrived on a flight from their training base in Star City, Russia for final pre-launch preparations. Mastracchio, Wakata and Tyurin will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091185

Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (center) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right) acknowledge the cheers of well-wishers on hand to greet them at the airport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan October 26 after they arrived on a flight from their training base in Star City, Russia for final pre-launch preparations. Mastracchio, Wakata and Tyurin will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091186

The Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers lay flowers in front of a statue of Sergei Korolev, the Russian space icon who supervised Yuri Gagarin’s launch in 1961 to become the first human to fly in space, during a tour of the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan October 27. Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Max Suraev (center) and Reid Wiseman of NASA (right) are understudies to the prime crew, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Rick Mastracchio of NASA, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091191

The Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers participate in a traditional meal in a Kazakh “yurt” or tent October 27 during a tour of Baikonur, Kazakhstan. NASA’s Reid Wiseman (left), Max Suraev (center) and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (right) are understudies to the prime crew, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Rick Mastracchio of NASA, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091192

The Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, during a tour of the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan October 27. Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Max Suraev (center) and Reid Wiseman of NASA (right) are understudies to the prime crew, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Rick Mastracchio of NASA, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091190

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 38/39 prime and backup crewmembers participated in the traditional flag-raising ceremony October 27 as they conduct final pre-launch preparations. From left to right, prime Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and backup Max Suraev raise the Russian flag, prime Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and backup Reid Wiseman of NASA raise the U.S. flag, prime Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency raises the Japanese flag and backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency raises the flag of Kazakhstan. Wakata, Tyurin and Mastracchio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091188

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 38/39 prime and backup crewmembers participated in the traditional flag-raising ceremony October 27 as they conduct final pre-launch preparations. From left to right, prime Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and backup Max Suraev raise the Russian flag, prime Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and backup Reid Wiseman of NASA raise the U.S. flag, prime Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency raises the Japanese flag and backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency raises the flag of Kazakhstan. Wakata, Tyurin and Mastracchio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091189

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency conducts a fit check dress rehearsal October 28 inside the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft. Wakata, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091194

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (top) participates in a fit check dress rehearsal October 28 in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft with his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The trio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091199

In the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA conducts a leak check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit during a fit check dress rehearsal October 28. Mastracchio, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091197

Adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, the third stage of the Soyuz booster rocket stands ready for assembly with other rocket components October 28 in the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as preparations continue for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft with Expedition 38/39 crewmembers Rick Mastracchio of NASA, Mikhail Tyurin and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aboard. The trio, which will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station, will carry the Olympic torch to the station for a four-day visit. The torch will return to Earth with another trio of station residents on November 11 and will be part of the torch relay that ends with the lighting of the flame at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia February 7 to mark the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091196

In the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency conducts a leak check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit during a fit check dress rehearsal October 28. Wakata, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091198

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA conducts a fit check dress rehearsal October 28 inside the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft. Mastracchio, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091193

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (top), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (bottom) conduct a fit check dress rehearsal October 28 inside the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft. Mastracchio, Tyurin and Wakata will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091195

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio participates in a fit check dress rehearsal in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft October 28 with his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The trio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091200

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) pose for pictures October 28 in front of the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket following a fit check dress rehearsal inside the Soyuz. The rocket is adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork to commemorate the launch of the Olympic torch with the crew for a four-day visit to the station. The torch will return to Earth with another trio of station residents on November 11 and will be part of the torch relay that ends with the lighting of the flame at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia February 7 to mark the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091201

Behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (center) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right) pose for pictures Nov. 1 after Mastracchio planted a tree in his name in a ceremonial pre-flight tradition. The trio is preparing for its launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091600

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) brush up on their flight plan with a training instructor Nov. 1 as they prepare for launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091595

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency poses for pictures Nov. 1 after planting a tree in his name I a ceremonial pre-flight tradition. Wakata, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin are preparing for their launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091602

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) pose for pictures Nov. 1 as they prepared for their launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091604

Behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (center) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right) plant a tree in Wakata’s name Nov. 1 in a ceremonial pre-flight tradition. The trio is preparing for its launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091601

With backup crewmember Reid Wiseman (right) of NASA looking on, prime Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) takes a turn at Ping-Pong Nov. 1 at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Wakata, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA are preparing for launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091598

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) brush up on rendezvous techniques through the use of laptop computers Nov. 1 as they prepare for launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091596

With backup crewmember Reid Wiseman (right) of NASA looking on, prime Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) takes a turn at Ping-Pong Nov. 1 at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. In the far background in the blue flight suit, backup crewmember Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency waits his turn at the billiards table. Wakata, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA are preparing for launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091597

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA poses for pictures Nov. 1 after planting a tree in his name Nov. 1 in a ceremonial pre-flight tradition. Mastracchio, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin are preparing for their launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091603

At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata (left) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) take turns on tilt tables Nov. 1 as they underwent physical conditioning for their launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, with Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091599

12-59-52-3: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup Expedition 38/39 crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the first stage of the Soyuz rocket Nov. 3 as they enter the homestretch of their preparations for launch. From left to right are backup crewmembers Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Max Suraev of Roscosmos, prime crewmembers Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and backup crewmember Reid Wiseman of NASA. Tyurin, Mastracchio and Wakata will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091789

12-58-46: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata (left) Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of the first stage of their Soyuz rocket Nov. 3 as they enter the homestretch of their preparations for launch. The three crewmembers will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091788

14-14-27: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineers Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Rick Mastracchio of NASA pose for pictures Nov. 3 in front of the famed cottage that Yuri Gagarin slept in on the eve of his launch April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. Wakata, Mastracchio and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091793

12-20-55: Adorned with the artwork and the colors of the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia, the liquid-fueled boosters on the first stage of the Soyuz rocket that will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency into orbit are displayed Nov. 3 prior to the rocket’s rollout to the launch pad Nov. 5. The three crewmembers will be aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the launch that will begin their six-month mission on the International Space Station. Launching with them to spend four days on the station is the Olympic torch that will light the flame at the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi Feb. 7, 2014 to begin the winter games. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091786

12-21-34: Adorned with the artwork and the colors of the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia, the liquid-fueled boosters on the first stage of the Soyuz rocket that will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency into orbit are displayed Nov. 3 prior to the rocket’s rollout to the launch pad Nov. 5. The three crewmembers will be aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the launch that will begin their six-month mission on the International Space Station. Launching with them to spend four days on the station is the Olympic torch that will light the flame at the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi Feb. 7, 2014 to begin the winter games. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091787

13-10-51-6: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) pose for pictures Nov. 3 in front of the first stage of the Soyuz rocket during their final fit check dress rehearsal. The Soyuz rocket’s skirt is adorned with artwork representing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The crewmembers, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time for a six-month mission on the International Space Station, are carrying the Olympic torch to the complex with them for a four-day visit. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091790

11-45-59: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures Nov. 3 in front of the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft following their final fit check dress rehearsal. The Soyuz rocket’s payload fairing behind them is adorned with the insignia of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee . The crewmembers, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time for a six-month mission on the International Space Station, are carrying the Olympic torch to the complex with them for a four-day visit. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091784

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; left), Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) pose for pictures March 13 next to the wall of the plane bearing a newly applied sticker with their mission insignia. Swanson, Artemyev and Skvortsov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e025974

Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) step off their plane after arriving at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 13 following a flight from their training base in Star City, Russia. Swanson, Artemyev and Skvortsov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e025975

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; right) apply a sticker bearing their mission insignia to the wall of their plane March 13. Swanson, Artemyev and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (hidden) are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e025973

Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) are greeted by Russian space officials March 13 after stepping off their plane at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 13 following a flight from their training base in Star City, Russia. Swanson, Artemyev and Skvortsov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e025976

2014-03-14-12-56-05-2[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA undergoes a pressure check for his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit during a “fit check” dress rehearsal March 14 that is part of the crew’s training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026280

2014-03-14-13-11-14-2[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos pose for pictures March 14 following a “fit check” dress rehearsal that is part of the crew’s training. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026283

2014-03-14-16-31-24-2[1] Outside the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; right) discuss the use of binoculars and GPS equipment March 14 during a “fit check” dress rehearsal that is part of the crew’s final training. Swanson, Artemyev and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026286

2014-03-14-12-25-11-2[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA suits up March 14 for a “fit check” dress rehearsal exercise that is part of the crew’s final training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026277

2014-03-14-12-55-32[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA undergoes a pressure check for his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit during a “fit check” dress rehearsal March 14 that is part of the crew’s training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026279

2014-03-14-10-17-15-2[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA enters his Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft during a “fit check” dress rehearsal exercise March 14 that is part of the crew’s final training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026275

2014-03-14-14-15-17[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA poses for a picture in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft during a “fit check” dress rehearsal exercise March 14 that is part of the crew’s final training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026285

2014-03-14-13-08-55-3[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) shares a word with Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; right) during a “fit check” dress rehearsal March 14 that is part of the crew’s training. Swanson, Skvortsov and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026282

2014-03-14-12-43-15[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (right) shares a word with crewmate and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) during a “fit check” dress rehearsal March 14 that is part of the crew’s final training. Swanson, Artemyev and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026278

2014-03-14-14-08-03[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA poses for a picture in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft during a “fit check” dress rehearsal exercise March 14 that is part of the crew’s final training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026284

2014-03-14-10-48-03-3[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA reviews procedures in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft during a “fit check” dress rehearsal exercise March 14 that is part of the crew’s final training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; hidden from view) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (foreground) are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026276

2014-03-14-12-58-20[1] In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA undergoes a pressure check for his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit during a “fit check” dress rehearsal March 14 that is part of the crew’s training. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026281

2014-03-15-11-03-34-4[1] At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 39/40 crewmembers raise the flags of Russia, the United States and Kazakhstan March 15 in traditional ceremonies that are part of the crew’s training. From left to right are Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, and backup crewmembers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Roscosmos. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026287

2014-03-15-13-00-13[1] Wearing native garb, the Expedition 39/40 backup crewmembers partake in traditional ceremonies with a Kazakh host March 15 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan as pre-flight training for them and their prime crewmember colleagues continues. Barry Wilmore of NASA (second from left), Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; second from right) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos (far right) are the backups to Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026290

2014-03-15-11-03-42[1] At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, prime Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (right) and backup Barry Wilmore of NASA (center) raise the American flag March 15 in traditional ceremonies that are part of the crew’s training. Prime crew Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev (left) of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) looks on. Swanson, Artemyev and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026288

2014-03-15-11-04-32-3[1] At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the flags of Russia, the United States and Kazakhstan fly high March 15 after a flag-raising ceremony that is part of traditional pre-launch activities. Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26 (Kazakh time) for the start of a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026289

19-11-18-35-2: At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) rehearse rendezvous procedures on a laptop simulator March 19. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026894

19-13-53-14: Assisted by backup crewmember Barry Wilmore of NASA (left), Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (right) plants a tree bearing his name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan March 19 in a traditional ceremony. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026901

19-14-00-48: At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters, the Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures March 19 as part of traditional activities leading to the next crew launch to the International Space Station. From left to right are backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos and prime crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026903

19-13-57-32-5: Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) pose for pictures behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan March 19 after planting trees bearing their names in a traditional ceremony. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026902

19-12-18-04: At his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA gets in a workout March 19 as he prepares for launch to the International Space Station with his crewmates, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026896

19-11-04-07: Assisted by an interpreter, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA reviews rendezvous procedures with a training instructor at his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan March 19. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026893

19-14-01-07-3: At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters, the Expedition 39/40 prime crewmembers pose for pictures March 19 as part of traditional activities leading to their launch to the International Space Station. From left to right are Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency ( Roscosmos) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026904

19-13-51-10: Behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (foreground, left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; foreground, center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (foreground, right) take a stroll down the Walk of Cosmonauts March 19. Behind Swanson is backup crewmember Barry Wilmore of NASA and behind Artemyev is backup crewmember Elena Serova. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026900

19-12-22-38-6: At his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA gets in a workout March 19 as he prepares for launch to the International Space Station with his crewmates, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026897

19-12-34-54: At his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA takes a turn on a tilt table March 19 as part of his conditioning in preparation for launch to the International Space Station with his crewmates, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026899

19-12-29-45-3: At his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA takes a spin in a rotating chair March 19 as part of his conditioning in preparation for launch to the International Space Station with his crewmates, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026898

19-12-04-43: At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (right) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; left) play a game of Ping-Pong March 19 as they prepare for their launch to the International Space Station with their crewmate, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, on March 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e026895

12-19-17-2: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) pose for pictures in front of the first stage engines of their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft March 21. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are wrapping up training for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, for a six-month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e027238

12-19-34-2: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crews pose for pictures in front of the first stage engines of the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft March 21. From left to right are backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos and the prime crewmembers, Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are wrapping up training for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, for a six-month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e027239

13-29-34: In the Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA signs a banner March 21 bearing the insignia of the 2014 Winter Olympics that concluded in February in Sochi, Russia as he and his crewmates prepare for launch to the International Space Station. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are wrapping up training for their launch to the station March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e027244

13-26-08: In the Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (right) hold a banner bearing the insignia of their Soyuz crew patch March 21 during traditional ceremonies. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are wrapping up training for their launch to the station March 26, Kazakh time, Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are wrapping up training for their launch to the station March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e027243

10-33-15: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft March 21. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are wrapping up training for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, for a six-month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e027236

12-28-16-2: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (right) shares a moment with crewmate Oleg Artemyev (left) of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) after they inspected their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft March 21. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Artemyev are wrapping up training for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, for a six-month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e027240

10-37-11-3: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA boards his Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft March 21 as he and his crewmates wrapped of training for their upcoming launch to the International Space Station. Swanson, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch March 26, Kazakh time, for a six-month mission on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e027237

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220003HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220007HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220002HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220009HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220006HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220004HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220001HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220008HQ

The Soyuz rocket and Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft are assembled at Building 112 on the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for March 26 and will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six month mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Victor Zelentsov) 201403220005HQ

15-16-21-23: Expedition 40/41 Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, left), Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right) are greeted by local well-wishers at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan May 15 as they arrived for final pre-launch training. Gerst, Suraev and Wiseman will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from Baikonur for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e045548

15-15-24-35: Keeping with tradition, the Expedition 40/41 crew affixes the stickers bearing their crew insignias to the cabin of the plane that carried them May 15 to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final pre-launch training. Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right) will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from Baikonur for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e045545

15-16-18-53: Striding off the aircraft that carried them to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final pre-launch training, Expedition 40/41 Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right) prepare to greet Russian space officials in Baikonur May 15 who gathered for their arrival. Behind them is former cosmonaut Valery Korzun, now the Deputy Head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The trio will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from Baikonur for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e045546

15-16-38-44-2: Expedition 40/41 backup crewmembers Terry Virts of NASA (left) Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (right) arrive at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan May 15 for final pre-launch training. The trio is backing up the prime crew --- Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of Roscosmos, NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency --- who will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from Baikonur for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e045549

16-19-20-3: Expedition 40/41 Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right) are greeted by Russian space officials May 15 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where the crew flew to for final pre-launch training. Just behind the crew is former cosmonaut Valery Korzun, now the Deputy Head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Gerst, Suraev and Wiseman will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from Baikonur for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e045547

13-52-01-3: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 40/41 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA participates in a dress rehearsal “fit check” May 16 inside the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft. Wiseman, Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will launch from Baikonur on May 29, Kazakh time, for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e049394

15-49-09: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 40/41 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA (left) peers through high-powered binoculars during a training session May 16 as Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, right) looks on. Wiseman, Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will launch from Baikonur on May 29, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e049400

14-04-43-5: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 40/41 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA offers a “thumbs up” as he participates in a dress rehearsal “fit check” May 16 inside the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft. Wiseman, Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will launch from Baikonur on May 29, Kazakh time, for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e049396