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At the Skid Strip on Cape Canaveral Air Station, astronaut C. Michael Foale prepares to return to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He spent approximately four-and-a-half months living and working aboard the Russian Space Station Mir. Foale returned to Earth Oct. 6 aboard the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis, which docked with the Mir during the just-completed STS-86 Shuttle mission. Foale was replaced on the Mir by STS-86 Mission Specialist David A. Wolf KSC-97PC1509

At the Skid Strip on Cape Canaveral Air Station, astronaut C. Michael ...

At the Skid Strip on Cape Canaveral Air Station, astronaut C. Michael Foale prepares to return to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He spent approximately four-and-a-half months living and working abo... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007, for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy ... more

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

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch p...

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007 for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer ... more

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

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch p...

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007 for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer ... more

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

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch p...

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007 for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer ... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007, for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy ... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft was transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2007, for launch Oct. 10 to carry Expedition 16 Commander Peggy ... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight ...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are protected behind glass durin... more

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

(left to right) Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer...

(left to right) Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszhaphar Shukor are protected behind glass during the S... more

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

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Comma...

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszhaphar Shukor and their backup crew are protected behind glass during... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malen...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are protected behind glass during the State Commission meeting and pres... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight ...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Co... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (middle)...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson (middle), Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (bottom) and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor wave farewell ... more

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

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight ...

Baikonur, Kazakhstan -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Co... more

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

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Comma...

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a... more

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

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Comma...

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a... more

KAZAKHSTAN  – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft is transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott to the International Space Station.  The three crew members will dock their Soyuz to the space station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3174

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft is transported by railcar to...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft is transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flig... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott to the International Space Station.  The three crew members will dock their Soyuz to the space station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3175

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at ...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V.... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft is transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott to the International Space Station.  The three crew members will dock their Soyuz to the space station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3173

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft is transported by railcar to ...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft is transported by railcar to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Fligh... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott to the International Space Station.  The three crew members will dock their Soyuz to the space station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3176

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at ...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 for launch Oct. 12 to carry Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V.... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The three crew members are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3178

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Comma...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baiko... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The three crew members are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3179

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Comma...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baiko... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The three crew members are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3181

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 18 Comma...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baiko... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The three crew members are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3177

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Comma...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ,carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baiko... more

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The three crew members are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Oct. 14.  Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crew members currently on the space station.  Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls KSC-08pd3180

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 18 Comma...

KAZAKHSTAN – The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and American Spaceflight Participant Richard Garriott launches Oct. 12 from the Baiko... more