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(2 July 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, Expedition 32 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams waves goodbye prior to boarding a bus for a flight that would take her and her Expedition 32 crewmates -- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (background left) - to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch to the International Space Station on July 15 (Kazakhstan time) in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e098234

(2 July 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star Cit...

(2 July 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, Expedition 32 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams waves goodbye prior to boarding a bus for a flight that would ... more

(2 July 2012) --- With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia, Expedition 32 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko carries his daughter July 2, 2012 prior to boarding a bus that would take him and his Expedition 32 crewmates -- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams - to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch to the International Space Station on July 15 (Kazakhstan time) in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.   NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e098308

(2 July 2012) --- With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backd...

(2 July 2012) --- With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia, Expedition 32 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko carries his daughter July ... more

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the Expedition 32 prime crew members pose in front of Vladimir Lenin’s statue as part of their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko. The trio are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-54M spacecraft from Baikonur.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098230

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star Ci...

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the Expedition 32 prime crew members pose in front of Vladimir Lenin’s statue as part of their farewell sendoff ... more

JSC2012-E-238480 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, all Expedition 34 backup crew members, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e238480

JSC2012-E-238480 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russi...

JSC2012-E-238480 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, all Expedition 34 backup crew members, attired i... more

JSC2012-E-238484 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 34 backup crew member, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e238484

JSC2012-E-238484 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Exped...

JSC2012-E-238484 (27 Aug. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 34 backup crew member, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for ... more

JSC2012-E-215392 (13 Sept. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, Expedition 33 flight engineer and Expedition 34 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e215392

JSC2012-E-215392 (13 Sept. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, Expedi...

JSC2012-E-215392 (13 Sept. 2012) --- NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, Expedition 33 flight engineer and Expedition 34 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star C... more

JSC2012-E-215394 (13 Sept. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, Expedition 33/34 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e215394

JSC2012-E-215394 (13 Sept. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy,...

JSC2012-E-215394 (13 Sept. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, Expedition 33/34 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pos... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) check in for the first of two days of final qualifications exams September 20, 2012 as they prepare for their launch October 23 in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216495

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Ta... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 backup crewmembers Alexander Misurkin (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Chris Cassidy of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz spacecraft mockup September 20, 2012 during final qualification exams. They are serving as understudies for prime crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford of NASA who are scheduled to launch on October 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-06 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216500

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 backup crewmembers Alexander Misurkin (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Chris Cassidy of NASA (right) pose for... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 backup crewmember Chris Cassidy of NASA strikes a thoughtful pose as he participates in final qualification exams in front of a Soyuz spacecraft mockup September 20, 2012. Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin are serving as understudies for prime crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford of NASA who are scheduled to launch on October 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-06 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216501

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 backup crewmember Chris Cassidy of NASA strikes a thoughtful pose as he participates in final qualification exams in front of a So... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Evgeny Tarelkin (center) and  Oleg Novitskiy (right) clasp hands as they begin the first of two days of final qualification exams September 20, 2012. Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin are preparing for their launch October 23 in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216498

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Evgeny Tarelkin (center) and Oleg Novitskiy (right) clasp hands as they begin the fi... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) report for their second day of final qualification exams September 21, 2012. The exams will lead to their launch October 23 in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month stay on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216646

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Ta... more

Russian engineers and instructors monitor their consoles as overhead television screens show the Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers conducting final qualification exams September 21, 2012 in a Soyuz vehicle mockup at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The crewmembers, Kevin Ford of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, were in the final stages of training for their scheduled launch October 23 in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.Photo Credit: Stephanie Stoll/NASA jsc2012e216651

Russian engineers and instructors monitor their consoles as overhead t...

Russian engineers and instructors monitor their consoles as overhead television screens show the Expedition 33/34 prime crewmembers conducting final qualification exams September 21, 2012 in a Soyuz vehicle moc... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin clasp hands at the completion of a crew news conference September 25, 2012 as they head into the homestretch of their training for launch October 23 to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The trio will spend five months on the orbital outpost. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e217760

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 crewmembers Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin clasp hands at ... more

At Yuri Gagarin’s museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center, front row) signs a commemorative book September 25, 2012 as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right, front row), NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford (left, front row) and backup crewmembers Alexander Misurkin, Pavel Vinogradov and Chris Cassidy of NASA (left to right in the rear) look on. Ford, Tarelkin and Novitskiy are the homestretch of their training for launch October 23 to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The trio will spend five months on the orbital outpost. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e217761

At Yuri Gagarin’s museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in S...

At Yuri Gagarin’s museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center, front row) signs a commemorative book September 25, 2012 as his c... more

At Yuri Gagarin’s museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA signs a commemorative book September 25, 2012 as one of his crewmates, Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right), and backup crewmembers Alexander Misurkin, Pavel Vinogradov and Chris Cassidy of NASA (left to right in the rear) look on. Ford, Tarelkin and Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy are the homestretch of their training for launch October 23 to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The trio will spend five months on the orbital outpost. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e217762

At Yuri Gagarin’s museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in S...

At Yuri Gagarin’s museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 33/34 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA signs a commemorative book September 25, 2012 as one of his crewmates,... more

At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 33/34 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) practices docking techniques on a laptop computer simulator as Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center instructors look on October 17, 2012. Joining Novitskiy are Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) as they prepare for launch October 23 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The trio will spend five months on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e221494

At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expediti...

At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 33/34 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) practices docking techniques on a laptop computer simulator as Gagarin Cosmonaut Training C... more

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 33/34 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) review docking procedures with their Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center instructors October 17, 2012 as they prepare for launch October 23 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The trio will spend five months on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e221493

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedi...

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 33/34 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin (right) re... more

JSC2012-E-238486 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Expedition 34/35 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e238486

JSC2012-E-238486 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko,...

JSC2012-E-238486 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Expedition 34/35 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pos... more

JSC2012-E-238482 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 34 flight engineer and Expedition 35 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e238482

JSC2012-E-238482 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Ch...

JSC2012-E-238482 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 34 flight engineer and Expedition 35 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break fro... more

JSC2012-E-238481 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield (right), Expedition 34 flight engineer and Expedition 35 commander; along with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (center) and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, both Expedition 34/35 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2012e238481

JSC2012-E-238481 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Ch...

JSC2012-E-238481 (14 Nov. 2012) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield (right), Expedition 34 flight engineer and Expedition 35 commander; along with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (center) and N... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the next trio of residents to be launched to the International Space Station began two days of certification exams for flight Nov. 27, 2012. Expedition 34/35 NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn (left), Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (center) and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency received preliminary instructions from GCTC Director Sergei Krikalev (far right). Romanenko, Marshburn and Hadfield and their backups are in the final weeks of training for launch on the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 19 for 5 ½ months on the orbital laboratory. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238541

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, ...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the next trio of residents to be launched to the International Space Station began two days of certification exams for flight Nov. 27, 2012.... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn signs in for the start of two days of certification exams for flight Nov. 27, 2012 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (left) and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (right) look on. Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield and their backups are in the final weeks of training for launch on the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 19 for 5 ½ months on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238542

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn signs in for the start of two days of certification exams for flight Nov. 27, 2012 as his crewm... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, trainers eyed a bank of monitors as the Expedition 34/35 crew conducted the second of two days of flight qualification exams Nov. 28, 2012 in a Soyuz spacecraft simulator. NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency are preparing for launch Dec. 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft, bound for a 5-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238682

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, trainer...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, trainers eyed a bank of monitors as the Expedition 34/35 crew conducted the second of two days of flight qualification exams Nov. 28, 2012 in a Soy... more

The next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space Station fielded questions from reporters at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Nov. 28, 2012 during the second of two days of flight qualification exams. Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn (right) are scheduled to launch Dec. 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238677

The next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space...

The next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space Station fielded questions from reporters at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Nov. 28, 2012 during the second of t... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko studies a flight data file manual in front of a Soyuz spacecraft simulator Nov. 28, 2012 as he and his crewmates conducted the second of two days of flight qualification exams. Romanenko, NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency are scheduled to launch Dec. 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft, bound for a 5-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238681

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko studies a flight data file manual in front of a Soyuz spacecraft simulator Nov. 28, 2012 as he and... more

The next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space Station clasp hands for reporters and photojournalists at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Nov. 28, 2012 during the second of two days of flight qualification exams. Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn (right) are scheduled to launch Dec. 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238680

The next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space...

The next trio of residents that will launch to the International Space Station clasp hands for reporters and photojournalists at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Nov. 28, 2012 during t... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA signs in for the second of two days of flight qualification exams Nov. 28, 2012. He and his crewmates are preparing for launch Dec. 19 to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. Looking on behind Marshburn are Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (left) and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (partially hidden). NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238676

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA signs in for the second of two days of flight qualification exams Nov. 28, 2012. He and his ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko listens to a question from reporters during the second of two days of flight qualification exams Nov. 28, 2012. He and his crewmates, Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn are preparing for launch Dec. 19 to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e238678

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko listens to a question from reporters during the second of two days of flight qualification exams N... more

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (center) signs a testimonial book Nov. 29, 2012 during ceremonial activities. The book is signed by all Russian and international space travelers prior to their flights. Looking on are NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn (left) and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (right). They are scheduled to launch Dec. 19 to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e239103

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star...

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (center) signs a testimonial book Nov. 29, 2012 during ceremonial activities... more

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (front center) thumbs through a testimonial book Nov. 29, 2012 during ceremonial activities. The book is signed by all Russian and international space travelers prior to their flights. Romanenko, NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn (front left), Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (front right) and their backups, NASA’s Karen Nyberg (rear left), Fyodor Yurchikhin (rear center) and Luca Parmitano (rear right) are training for the launch of Marshburn, Hadfield and Romanenko Dec. 19 to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e239102

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star...

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (front center) thumbs through a testimonial book Nov. 29, 2012 during ceremo... more

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA (left) signs a testimonial book Nov. 29, 2012 during ceremonial activities. The book is signed by all Russian and international space travelers prior to their flights. Looking on are Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko (front center), and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (front right). In the back row are their backups, NASA’s Karen Nyberg (left), Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right). Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield are scheduled to launch Dec. 19 to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e239104

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star...

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA (left) signs a testimonial book Nov. 29, 2012 during ceremonial activi... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 34/35 prime crew clasps hands at the conclusion of a news conference Nov. 29, 2012 as they complete preparations for launch Dec. 19 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e239101

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Exp...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 34/35 prime crew clasps hands at the conclusion of a news conference Nov. 29, 2012 as they complete preparations for launch Dec. 19 ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 34/35 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin Dec. 6, 2012 before departing for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final training. From left to right are backup crewmembers Karen Nyberg of NASA, Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and prime crewmembers Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko, Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency and Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA. Romanenko, Hadfield and Marshburn will launch Dec. 19 on their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from Baikonur for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e241353

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Exp...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 34/35 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin Dec. 6, 2012 before departing for thei... more

JSC2013-E-026155 (April 2013) ---  Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 36/37.  Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026155

JSC2013-E-026155 (April 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin...

JSC2013-E-026155 (April 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 36/37. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-026152 (April 2013) ---  NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36/37.  Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026152

JSC2013-E-026152 (April 2013) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedi...

JSC2013-E-026152 (April 2013) --- NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36/37. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-026154 (April 2013) --- Two astronauts and a cosmonaut representing three different space agencies comprise the Expedition 36/37 crew. From left are NASA's Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.  Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026154

JSC2013-E-026154 (April 2013) --- Two astronauts and a cosmonaut repre...

JSC2013-E-026154 (April 2013) --- Two astronauts and a cosmonaut representing three different space agencies comprise the Expedition 36/37 crew. From left are NASA's Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurch... more

JSC2013-E-026153 (April 2013) ---  European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, Expedition 36/37.  Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026153

JSC2013-E-026153 (April 2013) --- European Space Agency astronaut Luc...

JSC2013-E-026153 (April 2013) --- European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, Expedition 36/37. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Official GCTC Portrait of Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata (Expedition 39 Commander) Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090065

Official GCTC Portrait of Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata ...

Official GCTC Portrait of Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata (Expedition 39 Commander) Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-026354 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) poses for a portrait in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026354

JSC2013-E-026354 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Mik...

JSC2013-E-026354 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) poses for a portrait in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: G... more

JSC2013-E-026355 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Rick Mastracchio of NASA poses for a portrait in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026355

JSC2013-E-026355 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Ric...

JSC2013-E-026355 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Rick Mastracchio of NASA poses for a portrait in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-026357 (April 2013) --- Three different space agencies and three national flags are represented by the backup crew members for Expedition 36. From the left are Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Rick Mastracchio of NASA. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026357

JSC2013-E-026357 (April 2013) --- Three different space agencies and t...

JSC2013-E-026357 (April 2013) --- Three different space agencies and three national flags are represented by the backup crew members for Expedition 36. From the left are Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exp... more

Official portrait of Expedition 38/39 NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090064

Official portrait of Expedition 38/39 NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastra...

Official portrait of Expedition 38/39 NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-026356 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) poses for a portrait in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e026356

JSC2013-E-026356 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Koi...

JSC2013-E-026356 (April 2013) --- Expedition 36 backup crew member Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) poses for a portrait in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: G... more

Prime crew  Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090062

Prime crew Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e0...

Prime crew Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Official GCTC Portrait of Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090063

Official GCTC Portrait of Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyu...

Official GCTC Portrait of Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-075996 (20 Feb. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Expedition 37/38 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e075996

JSC2013-E-075996 (20 Feb. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Ex...

JSC2013-E-075996 (20 Feb. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Expedition 37/38 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose f... more

JSC2013-E-013367 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, attired in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e013367

JSC2013-E-013367 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup ...

JSC2013-E-013367 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, attired in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-013369 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup crew, attired in their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) is flanked by backup Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins (left) of NASA and Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e013369

JSC2013-E-013369 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup ...

JSC2013-E-013369 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup crew, attired in their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) is flanked by backup Flight Engineers Mike ... more

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

JSC2013-E-013365 (February 2013) --- Taking a break from a training sc...

JSC2013-E-013365 (February 2013) --- Taking a break from a training schedule that will lead them up to a March 2013 tour aboard the International Space Station are (from left) Expedition 35/36 Flight Engineer C... more

JSC2013-E-013366 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins of NASA, attired in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e013366

JSC2013-E-013366 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup ...

JSC2013-E-013366 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins of NASA, attired in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2013-E-075997 (20 Feb. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, Expedition 37/38 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e075997

JSC2013-E-075997 (20 Feb. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanski...

JSC2013-E-075997 (20 Feb. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, Expedition 37/38 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to p... more

JSC2013-E-075998 (20 Feb. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e075998

JSC2013-E-075998 (20 Feb. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Expe...

JSC2013-E-075998 (20 Feb. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star... more

JSC2013-E-013368 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov of Roscosmos, attired in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e013368

JSC2013-E-013368 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup ...

JSC2013-E-013368 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Expedition 35 backup Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov of Roscosmos, attired in his Russian Sokol launch and entry suit. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmember Chris Cassidy of NASA (front) signs in before Russian space officials for the start of qualification simultations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. Behind Cassidy are Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (left) and Alexander Misurkin (right). The three crewmembers are preparing for their launch March 29 (Kazakh time) to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013524

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmember Chris Cassidy of NASA (front) signs in before Russian space officials for the start of qualification simultations... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 backup crewmember Michael Hopkins of NASA answers questions from the news media March 4 as he and his crewmates prepare for a series of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy will backup prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, who are preparing for launch to the International Space Station March 29 (Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013522

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 backup crewmember Michael Hopkins of NASA answers questions from the news media March 4 as he and his crewmates prepare for a seri... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers are greeted by Russian space officials March 4 as they prepare for a series of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy (right) will backup prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, who are preparing for launch to the International Space Station March 29 (Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013520

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Exp...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers are greeted by Russian space officials March 4 as they prepare for a series of qualification simulations in... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Alexander Misurkin (right) report to Russian space officials March 4 for the start of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. The three crewmembers are preparing for their launch March 29 (Kazakh time) to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013523

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Alexander Misurkin (right) report to... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Alexander Misurkin (right) answer questions from the news media March 4 before the start of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. The three crewmembers are preparing for their launch March 29 (Kazakh time) to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013525

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Alexander Misurkin (right) answer qu... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers answer questions from the news media March 4 as they prepare for a series of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy (right) will backup prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, who are preparing for launch to the International Space Station March 29 (Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013521

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Exp...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers answer questions from the news media March 4 as they prepare for a series of qualification simulations in S... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Alexander Misurkin (right) wave to the news media March 4 before the start of qualification simulations in Soyuz and Russian segment trainers. The three crewmembers are preparing for their launch March 29 (Kazakh time) to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013526

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Alexander Misurkin (right) wave to t... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy flashes a thumbs up for photographers prior to the start of qualification simulation runs in a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5. Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013615

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy flashes a thumbs up for photographers prior to the start of qualification simulation runs in a Soyuz... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov prepares to enter a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5 for the start of qualification simulation runs. Vinogradov, NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013618

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov prepares to enter a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5 for the start of qualification simulation run... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (second from left) signs a book before Russian space officials March 5, certifying that he is prepared to begin qualification simulation runs in a Soyuz spacecraft mockup. Looking on are Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (second from right) and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (right). The three crewmembers are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013612

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (second from left) signs a book before Russian space officials March 5, certifying that he i... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (right), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (left) clasp hands for photographers prior to the start of qualification simulation runs in a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5. The three crewmembers are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013614

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (right), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (left) cla... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy prepares to enter a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5 for the start of qualification simulation runs. Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013617

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy prepares to enter a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5 for the start of qualification simulation runs. ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy enters a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5 for the  start of qualification simulation runs. Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013616

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy enters a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5 for the start of qualification simulation runs. Cassidy, S... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (right) answers questions from reporters prior to the start of qualification simulation runs in a Soyuz spacecraft mockup March 5. Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (left) are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013613

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (right) answers questions from reporters prior to the start of qualification simulation runs in a So... more

With a picture of the Russian great designer Sergei Korolev over his right shoulder, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (right) poses for pictures March 7 with his crewmates, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (left) and Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) at the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The three crewmembers are training for their launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazkahstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013833

With a picture of the Russian great designer Sergei Korolev over his r...

With a picture of the Russian great designer Sergei Korolev over his right shoulder, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (right) poses for pictures March 7 with his crewmates, Flight Engineer Alexand... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Alexander Misurkin (center) and Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (right) listen to questions from reporters March 7 during a pre-launch news conference. The three crewmembers are in the final stages of training for their launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013829

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 prime crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left), Alexander Misurkin (center) and Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (right) listen to... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (right), and his backup, NASA’s Michael Hopkins tour the Gagarin Museum during a traditional tour March 7. Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin will launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, on their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013822

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (right), and his backup, NASA’s Michael Hopkins tour the Gagarin Museum during a traditional... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (far left) answers a question during a pre-launch news conference March 7. From Cassidy’s left down the row looking on are Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov, GCTC Director Sergei Krikalev, backup Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, backup Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazankiy, backup Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and an unidentified interpreter. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin are in the final stages of training for their launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013832

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, ...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (far left) answers a question during a pre-launch news conference March 7. From Cassi... more

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (right) signs a ceremonial book March 7 during traditional pre-launch activities as his crewmate, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (left) looks on. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin will launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosomodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013835

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star...

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (right) signs a ceremonial book March 7 during traditional pre-launch ... more

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (foreground, left) signs a ceremonial book March 7 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (foreground, center) and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA (foreground, right) enjoy the moment. Joining them for the traditional pre-launch activities were backup crewmembers Sergey Ryazanskiy (back row, left), Oleg Kotov (back row, center) and NASA’s Michael Hopkins (back row, right). Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin will launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosomodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013834

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star...

At the Gagarin Museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin (foreground, left) signs a ceremonial book March 7 as his crewmates, Soyu... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA listens to a question from a reporter during a pre-launch news conference March 7. Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin are in the final stages of training for their launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013831

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA listens to a question from a reporter during a pre-launch news conference March 7. Cassidy, ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers Oleg Kotov (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy (center) and Michael Hopkins of NASA (right) pose for pictures during a pre-launch news conference March 7. The three crewmembers are in training as backups to Chris Cassidy of NASA, Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov who are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station March 29, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA / Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e013830

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35-36 backup crewmembers Oleg Kotov (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy (center) and Michael Hopkins of NASA (right) pose for pictures during a pr... more

(16 March 2013) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35 prime and backup crew members pose for pictures March 16, 2013 before departing for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final training. From left to right are Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA, and backup crew members – cosmonauts Sergey Ryazanskiy and Oleg Kotov, and Michael Hopkins of NASA. Misurkin, Vinogradov and Cassidy are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 29, Kazakh time, on their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2013e017244

(16 March 2013) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star C...

(16 March 2013) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 35 prime and backup crew members pose for pictures March 16, 2013 before departing for their launch site at the ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency signs in for the start of final qualification training April 30 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg (left, partially obscured) and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (right), look on. The three crewmembers are training for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028027

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency signs in for the start of final qualification training April 30 as his... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin signs in for the start of final qualification training April 30 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg (left) and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right), look on. The three crewmembers are training for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028025

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin signs in for the start of final qualification training April 30 as his crewmates, NASA Flight En... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right), clasp hands April 30 as they began final qualification training for their launch to the International Space Station. The three crewmembers will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 5 ½ month mission on the international outpost. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028028

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA signs in for the start of final qualification training April 30 as she and her crewmates prepare for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Nyberg is launching with Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028026

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA signs in for the start of final qualification training April 30 as she and her crewmates prep... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency flashes a smile April 30 as he and his crewmates began final qualification training for their launch to the International Space Station. Parmitano, Karen Nyberg of NASA and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 5 ½ month mission on the international outpost. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028029

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency flashes a smile April 30 as he and his crewmates began final qualifica... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right), listen to reporters’ questions April 30 as they began final qualification training for their launch to the International Space Station. The three crewmembers will launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 5 ½ month mission on the international outpost. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028030

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 backup crewmember Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepares to enter a Soyuz spacecraft trainer May 6 and he and his crewmates, backup Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and backup Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA support the prime crewmembers preparing for launch to the International Space Station. The prime crew, NASA’s Karen Nyberg, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028655

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 backup crewmember Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepares to enter a Soyuz spacecraft trainer May 6 and h... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) signs in for another round of qualification exams May 6 as his crewmates, Karen Nyberg of NASA (left) and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) look on. Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028658

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) signs in for another round of qualification exams May 6 as his... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) flash a thumbs up sign May 6 as they conduct another round of qualification exams. The three crewmembers are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028659

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 36/37 backup crewmembers checked in for their qualification exams May 6 in support of the prime crewmembers preparing for launch to the International Space Station. From left to right are Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and NASA’s Rick Mastracchio. The prime crew, NASA’s Karen Nyberg, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028652

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Exp...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 36/37 backup crewmembers checked in for their qualification exams May 6 in support of the prime crewmembers preparing for launch to ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, backup Expedition 36/37 crewmembers Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) pose for pictures May 6 during qualification exams in support of the prime crewmembers preparing for launch to the International Space Station. The prime crew, NASA’s Karen Nyberg, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028654

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, backup ...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, backup Expedition 36/37 crewmembers Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Ric... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 prime crewmembers Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) check in May 6 for another round of qualification exams as they prepare for launch to the International Space Station. Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028656

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 prime crewmembers Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Luca Parmitano of the European Space... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, backup Expedition 36/37 crewmember Rick Mastracchio of NASA signs in for qualification exams May 6 as he, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (far left) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin support the prime crewmembers preparing for launch to the International Space Station. The prime crew, NASA’s Karen Nyberg, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028653

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, backup ...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, backup Expedition 36/37 crewmember Rick Mastracchio of NASA signs in for qualification exams May 6 as he, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Expl... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) signs in for another round of qualification exams May 6 as his crewmates, Karen Nyberg of NASA (left) and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) look on. Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e028657

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) signs in for another round of qualification exams May 6 as his crewmates, Karen Nyberg ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 backup crewmember Rick Mastracchio of NASA (front row, right) signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as his backup crewmates, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (front row, left) and Mikhail Tyurin (front row, center) look on. The prime crew, NASA’s Karen Nyberg (back row, left), Fyodor Yurchikhin (back row, center) and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (back row, right) watch from the back row. Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e030446

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 backup crewmember Rick Mastracchio of NASA (front row, right) signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as his b... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) pose for pictures at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as part of their pre-launch activities. Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e030447

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (front row, center) signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as his crewmates, Karen Nyberg of NASA (front row, left) and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (front row, right) look on. Their backups in the back row are Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right). Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e030443

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (front row, center) signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as his crewmates... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) flash a thumbs up May 8 following a pre-launch news conference. The three crewmembers are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e030442

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (center) and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (right) listen to a question during a pre-launch news conference May 8. The three crewmembers are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e030441

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (center) and Soyuz Comman... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (front row, left), signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as her crewmates, Fyodor Yurchikhin (front row, center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (front row, right) look on. Their backups in the back row are Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right). Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e030445

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (front row, left), signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as her crewmat... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (front row, right)  signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Museum May 8 as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (front row, left) and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (front row, center) look on. Their backups in the back row are Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right). Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e030444

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedit...

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (front row, right) signs a commemorative book at the Cosmonautics Mus... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 36/37 prime crew poses for pictures May 16 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right are Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency. The activity marked the departure of the crew for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for launch May 29, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft and the start of a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e033431

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expeditio...

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 36/37 prime crew poses for pictures May 16 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right are Flight En... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) answer questions from reporters May 16 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The activity marked the departure of the crew for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft and the start of a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. In the background on the far right is former cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who conducted the first spacewalk in history in March 1965. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e033434

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, Expedition 36...

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (center) and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the Europe... more