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At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka (left to right) discuss the progress of their launch preparations September 26, 2010 with their backups, Ron Garan, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko (left to right) as they prepared to check out the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft they will launch in October 8 to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167399

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri (L) and Oleg Skripochka share a thought September 26, 2010 as they prepared for a suited checkout of the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft they and NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly will launch in October 8 to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167396

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineer Scott Kelly of NASA checks his Sokol launch and entry suit September 26, 2010 as he and Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka prepare for their launch October 8 in the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167398

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka (left to right) take a moment to pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft during a training and Soyuz inspection exercise September 26, 2010 as they prepare for launch October 8 to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167400

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineer Scott Kelly of NASA undergoes leak checks to his Sokol launch and entry suit September 26, 2010 as he and Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka prepare for their launch October 8 in the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167397

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime crew of Expedition 25 posed for a picture after conducting the traditional raising of flags outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters September 27, 2010. From left to right are Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka. The three crewmembers are completing training for their launch October 8 in the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167403

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crews of Expedition 25 pose for a picture after conducting the traditional raising of flags outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters September 27, 2010. From left to right are prime crew Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri, Oleg Skripochka and Scott Kelly, joined by backup crewmembers Sergei Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and Ron Garan. Kelly, Kaleri and Skripochka are completing training for their launch October 8 in the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167402

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crews of Expedition 25 conduct the traditional raising of flags outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters September 27, 2010. From left to right are prime crew Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka raising the Russian flag, backup Ron Garan joining prime crewmember Scott Kelly to raise the American flag and backup crewmembers Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko (hidden) raising the Kazakh flag. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e167401

At their crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA (left), Alexander Kaleri (center) and Oleg Skripochka review rendezvous and docking programs on a laptop simulator October 2, 2010 as they prepare for their launch October 8 in the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e170861

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 26 Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman of NASA undergoes a pressure and leak check of her Russian Sokol launch and entry suit December 4, 2010 prior to a fit check in the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft she, Soyuz Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency will launch in December 16 (Baikonur time) to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e194143

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 26 Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman of NASA suits up in her Russian Sokol launch and entry suit for a fit check in the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft December 4, 2010. Coleman, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli and Soyuz Commander Dmitry Kondratyev will launch December 16 (Baikonur time) to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e194141

The flags of the United States, Russia, Italy and Kazakhstan are raised outside the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan December 5, 2010 in the traditional ceremony for the Expedition 26 prime and backup crewmembers that is part of their prelaunch activities. NASA Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman, Soyuz Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli of Italy are scheduled to launch December 16 (Baikonur time) in their Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e194138

(9 Dec. 2010) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft (right) is shown before the its encapsulation into its payload fairing (left) on Dec. 9, 2010. The vehicle is set to launch Dec. 16 (Kazakhstan time) to deliver NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman, Expedition 26 flight engineer; Soyuz commander Dmitry Kondratyev of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, flight engineer, to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e194868

JSC2010-E-195167 (10 Dec. 2010) --- At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Kazakhstan, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer (from left), NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman, Expedition 26 flight engineer; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa take part in recreational activities while Soyuz commander Dmitry Kondratyev of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) looks on. Nespoli, Coleman and Kondratyev will launch Dec. 16 (Kazakhstan time) to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195167

Coleman, Kondratyev and Nespoli depart Integration stand with Soyuz TMA-20 at completion of final fit check. -NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195215

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Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft during mating operations to the booster on December 12, 2010 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in advance of the launch of the Expedition 26 crew, Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli, on December 16, Baikonur time, to the International Space Station. -NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195224

Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft during mating operations to the booster on December 12, 2010 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in advance of the launch of the Expedition 26 crew, Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli, on December 16, Baikonur time, to the International Space Station. -NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195225

View of the engines of the first stage of the Soyuz TMA-20 booster rocket during mating operations on December 12, 2010 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in advance of the launch of the Expedition 26 crew, Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli, on December 16, Baikonur time, to the International Space Station. -NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195227

Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft during mating operations to the booster on December 12, 2010 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in advance of the launch of the Expedition 26 crew, Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli, on December 16, Baikonur time, to the International Space Station. -NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195223

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

Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA (left), Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko (center) and Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (right) admire their Soyuz crew patch aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane as they flew from Star City, Russia to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 21, 2011. There, they will complete training for their launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027532

Expedition 27 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (foreground) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko affix their Soyuz crew patch aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane as they flew from Star City, Russia to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 21, 2011 with their crewmate, NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan. In Baikonur, they will complete training for their launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027530

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko suit up for a dress rehearsal of their launch activities and checkout of their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft March 22, 2011. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, is scheduled for launch on April 5 (April 4, U.S. time), just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027663

Seated in the right seat of the descent module of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA runs through a checklist of procedures during a dress rehearsal of launch activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 22, 2011. Garan, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko are scheduled to launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) in the Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The launch will occur just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027672

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko pose for pictures outside their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft during a check of its systems March 22, 2011. The Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, is scheduled for launch on April 5 (April 4, U.S. time), just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission rom. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027662

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA flashes a smile during a leak check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit in the midst of a dress rehearsal of launch activities March 22, 2011. Garan, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko are scheduled to launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) in the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft that has been dubbed “Gagarin” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin as the first human in space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 will begin its journey from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027665

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan walk past their Soyuz booster during dress rehearsal activities March 22, 2011. The booster, like the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft in which they will launch, is adorned with the name “Gagarin” and the likeness of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The Soyuz TMA-21 is scheduled for launch on April 5 (April 4, U.S. time), just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027674

Seated in the right seat of the descent module of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan of NASA runs through a checklist of procedures during a dress rehearsal of launch activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 22, 2011. Garan, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev (center) and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko are scheduled to launch April 5 (April 4, U.S. time) in the Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin” and which bears the likeness of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The launch will occur just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from the same launch pad that the Expedition 27 crew will begin their mission from. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e027673

(31 March 2011) --- Technicians at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan pore over the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft encapsulated in the first stage of the Soyuz booster rocket March 31, 2011 as preparations continue for the launch April 5 (Kazakhstan time) of Expedition 27 crew members -- Ron Garan of NASA, Soyuz commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko, both of Russia, to the International Space Station. The first stage of the Soyuz booster is emblazoned with the name “Gagarin” and the likeness of Yuri Gagarin. The launch is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the launching of Gagarin from Baikonur April 12, 1961 to become the first human to fly in space. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e030082

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4603: At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA lies passively during a leak check of his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit November 1, 2011 during the first of two “fit checks” of the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft he, Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin and Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov will launch in November 14 from Baikonur to the International Space Station. November 1, 2011 Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e204936

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a technician conducts a leak check of the Russian Sokol launch and entry suit of Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA during the first of two “fit checks” of the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft he, Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin and Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov will launch in November 14 from Baikonur to the International Space Station. November 1, 2011 Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e204935

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin share a moment during the checkout of their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits while conducting the first of two “fit checks” of their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft. Burbank, Ivanishin and Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov will launch November 14 from Baikonur to the International Space Station. November 1, 2011 Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e204934

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin play a game of badminton at their crew quarters at the Cosmonaut Hotel on November 8, 2011. Burbank, Ivanishin and Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov will launch from Baikonur on November 14 in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e205829

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA gets in some exercise on a treadmill at his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters November 8, 2011. Burbank, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin will launch in the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on November 14 from Baikonur bound for the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e205784

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov (center) and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin review docking procedures on a laptop computer during training at their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters November 8, 2011. The trio will launch in the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft from Baikonur on November 14 bound for the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e205781

Behind their crew quarters at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA (left), Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin (center) and Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov plant a tree November 8, 2011 as part of the traditional pre-launch ceremonies near their launch site. The trio will launch November 14 in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. Credit : NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e205831

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA enjoys a game of ping-pong at his Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters November 8, 2011. Burbank, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin will launch in the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on November 14 from Baikonur bound for the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e205783

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 30 prime and backup crews pose for pictures around a poster of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, as they toured the Korolev Museum November 9, 2011 following a final inspection of their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft. From left to right are the prime crew, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA, Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov, and the backup crew, Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba of NASA and Sergei Revin. Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin are completing training for launch November 14 on the Soyuz TMA-22 from Baikonur to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e208395

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 30 prime and backup crews toured the Korolev Museum November 9, 2011 as they prepared for launch November 14 on the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft from Baikonur to the International Space Station. As a tour guide provided historical information on a Soyuz mockup, listening from left to right are Expedition 30 Commander and prime crewmember Dan Burbank of NASA, backup Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, prime Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin, backup crewmember Sergei Revin, prime Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and backup crewmember Gennady Padalka. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e208396

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin (left), Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov (center) and Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft November 9, 2011 as they completed a final inspection of the vehicle in its Integration Facility. The trio are preparing for launch November 14 from Baikonur to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e208392

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin (left), Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov (center) and Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz booster rocket November 9, 2011 as they prepare for launch November 14 on the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft from Baikonur to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e208394

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft is mated with the rest of the rocket November 10, 2011 in advance of the launch November 14 of Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin from Baikonur to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2011e209249

Aboard their Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane that transported them from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the next trio of crew members that will be launched to the International Space Station take time out May 2, 2012 to affix their Soyuz crew patch sticker to the cabin of the aircraft. From left to right are Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba. They will be launched to the station in their Soyuz TMA-04 spacecraft from Baikonur on May 15, Baikonur time. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e048662

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA conducts pressure and leak checks to his “Sokol” launch and entry suit May 3, 2012 during a suited dress rehearsal of launch day activities as part of the final training he, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin are undergoing in advance of their launch May 15 on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft to the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049719

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin share a light moment as they pose with their “Sokol” launch and entry suits in the Cosmodrome’s integration facility May 3, 2012 during a dress rehearsal of launch day activities in advance of their launch May 15 to the International Space Station. Acaba, Padalka and Revin will spend four months aboard the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049725

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA flashes a smile as he climbs aboard his Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft May 3, 2012 during a suited “fit check” dress rehearsal of launch day activities in advance of his launch May 15 along with Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin to the International Space Station. Acaba, Padalka and Revin will spend four months aboard the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049722

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 31/32 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures during their suited “fit check” dress rehearsal of launch day activities in advance of a May 15 launching in the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Seated from left to right in their “Sokol” launch and entry suits are Russian Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba. Standing behind them from left to right are backup crewmembers Evgeny Tarelkin, Oleg Novitskiy and Kevin Ford. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049720

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin walk past their Soyuz booster rocket in the Cosmodrome’s integration facility May 3, 2012 following a suited “fit check” dress rehearsal of launch day activities in advance of their launch May 15 to the International Space Station. Acaba, Padalka and Revin will spend four months aboard the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049724

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA looks up at the control panel aboard his Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft May 3, 2012 during a suited “fit check” dress rehearsal of launch day activities in advance of his launch May 15 along with Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin to the International Space Station. Acaba, Padalka and Revin will spend four months aboard the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049723

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 31/32 prime and backup crews posed for pictures May 4, 2012 following the traditional raising of Russian, U.S. and Kazakh flags as part of their ceremonial activities leading up to the launch of the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft May 15 to the International Space Station. From left to right are prime Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer Sergei Revin and NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and backup crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford of NASA. Padalka, Revin and Acaba will launch to the station for a four-month mission on the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049920

Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 31/32 prime and backup crews conducted the traditional raising of Russian, U.S. and Kazakh flags May 4, 2012 as part of their ceremonial activities leading up to the launch of the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft May 15 to the International Space Station. From left to right are prime Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, prime NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and backup NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford and backup Russian crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin. Padalka, Revin and Acaba will launch to the station for a four-month mission on the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e049919

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft stands poised in its integration facility May 8, 2012 ready to be enshrouded in the upper stage of the rocket that will launch it and three new crewmembers to the International Space Station. The Soyuz will carry Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin to the orbital complex on May 15 for a four-month mission. The Soyuz will rollout to its launch pad in Baikonur on May 13. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e050908

In the town of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 31/32 backup crew participated in Victory Day celebration activities May 9, 2012 as they took a break from training for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-04M May 15 to the International Space Station. Victory Day commemorates the triumph of Russia over Nazi Germany in World War II, one of Russia’s most solemn occasions. From left to right holding flowers are backup NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford, backup Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and backup Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin. The prime crew, Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin and NASA’s Joe Acaba, are training for their launch in the Soyuz vehicle on May 15 for a four-month mission on the orbital complex. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051223

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crewmembers for the Expedition 31/32 increments on the International Space Station pose for pictures May 10, 2012 during a break from training for the upcoming launch of the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft to the orbital complex. From left to right are prime Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, prime Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, prime Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, backup Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin, backup Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and backup Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA. Acaba, Padalka and Revin will launch on May 15 from Baikonur to begin a four-month mission on the station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051258

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, two of the three crewmembers who will next launch to the International Space Station brush up on their ping-pong skills May 10, 2012 as they take a break from final pre-launch training. Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (left) and Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA will join Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka for launch May 15 on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to begin a four-month mission on the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051253

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers who will launch to the International Space Station take a traditional stroll down the Walk of the Cosmonauts May 10, 2012 as they take break from final pre-launch training. With backup crewmember Evgeny Tarelkin (far left) behind them, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (second from the left), Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (right) enjoyed balmy weather as they wrap up preparations for launch May 15 on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to begin a four-month mission on the international outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051254

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (center) plants a tree in his name in a traditional ceremony May 10, 2012 as his crewmates looked on. Acaba will launch on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (left) and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (right) for a four-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051256

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA waters a tree he planted in his name in a traditional ceremony May 10, 2012 as he took a break from training for his launch on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft on May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin to begin a four-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051257

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers who will launch to the International Space Station take a traditional stroll down the Walk of the Cosmonauts May 10, 2012 as they take break from final pre-launch training. From left to right in the foreground are Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, who enjoyed balmy weather as they wrap up preparations for launch May 15 on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to begin a four-month mission on the international outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051255

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers who will launch to the International Space Station brush up on rendezvous techniques May 10, 2012 by “flying” an approach to the station on a laptop computer simulator as they prepare for liftoff. With their instructor (far left) are Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (second from left), Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (right). They will launch May 15 on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to begin a four-month mission on the orbital outpost. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051251

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers bound for the International Space Station pose in front of the hatchway to their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft May 11, 2012 as they completed their final “fit check” inspection of the vehicle in its assembly building prior to launch. Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (left), Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba (right) will liftoff from Baikonur May 15 to begin a four-month mission on the orbital complex. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051520

At the historic museum near the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 31/32 backup and prime crews pose for pictures May 11, 2012 in front of the mural depicting the likeness of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space. The photo session took place as training for the launch of Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin drew to a close for their liftoff May 15 in their Soyuz TMA-04 spacecraft to begin a four-month mission on the International Space Station. From left to right are backup crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy, Kevin Ford of NASA and Evgeny Tarelkin, and the prime crew, Padalka, Revin and Acaba. In the foreground are replicas of the small cottages Gagarin and the Russian space program’s “Great Designer”, Sergei Korolev slept in on the eve of Gagarin’s launch on April 12, 1961. The real cottages are located near the museum in Baikonur. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051524

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers bound for the International Space Station receive a briefing from engineers in front of their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft May 11, 2012 as they completed their final “fit check” inspection of the vehicle in its assembly building prior to launch. Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin (right) will liftoff from Baikonur May 15 to begin a four-month mission on the orbital complex. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e051521

Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA affixes a crew patch to the cabin of the plane that carried her, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (left) and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (not pictured) July 2, 2012 from their training base in Star City, Russia to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final pre-launch training. The trio will be launched July 15 from Baikonur to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a four-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e098305

Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (right) arrive at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2, 2012 after a flight from their training base in Star City, Russia for final pre-launch preparations. The trio will be launched July 15 from Baikonur to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05 spacecraft for a four-month mission. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e098307

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams climbs into her Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 for the suited “fit check” in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft that will launch her, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to the International Space Station on July 15. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099527

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Canadian Space Agency Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield, one of the members of the Expedition 32/33 backup crew, tests out binoculars July 3, 2012 as part of the pre-launch training that will lead to the launch of the prime crew, Yuri Malenchenko, Sunita Williams of NASA and Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on July 15 to the International Space Station on the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099525

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (right) walk by the upper stage of their Soyuz booster rocket in the Integration Facility July 3, 2012 as they completed a suited “fit check” of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft that they will launch in July 15 to the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099537

With Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams playing the role of photographer, her crewmate, Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency checks out binoculars as part of their training at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 3, 2012 that will lead to their launch July 15 with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko to the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099538

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA works through procedures in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft July 3, 2012 during a suited “fit check” of the vehicle in which she, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch July 15 to the International Space Station. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099535

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency climbs into his Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 for the suited “fit check” in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft that will launch him, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams to the International Space Station on July 15. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099526

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams rests during a leak check of her Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 as part of the suited “fit check” of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft that will launch her, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to the International Space Station on July 15. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099530