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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

The Expedition 36/37 prime crew and family members take a traditional walk May 16 through the grounds of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. After ceremonial activities, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (left), Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (center, in uniform) and Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg (right) flew to 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 jsc2013e033430

The Expedition 36/37 prime crew and family members take a traditional ...

The Expedition 36/37 prime crew and family members take a traditional walk May 16 through the grounds of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. After ceremonial activities, Soyuz Commander ... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 36/37 prime and backup crews pose for pictures May 16 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, backup Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and backup Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA, prime Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, prime Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and prime Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency. The activity marked the departure of the crews for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for the launch of Nyberg, Parmitano and Yurchikhin 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 jsc2013e033432

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 and backup crews pose for pictures May 16 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right ar... more

Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) says goodbye to his daughter May 16 before boarding a bus at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Parmitano, Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin flew to 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 jsc2013e033435

Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space ...

Expedition 36/37 Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (right) says goodbye to his daughter May 16 before boarding a bus at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Parm... more

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jet, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin affixes his Soyuz crew patch to the wall of the cabin May 16 as he, Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg (right) flew from Star City, Russia to Baikonur, Kazakhstan to their launch site. They are preparing for their launch May 29, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft to begin a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e033436

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jet, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz...

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jet, Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin affixes his Soyuz crew patch to the wall of the cabin May 16 as he, Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the Europ... more

JSC2013-E-075999 (18 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (center), Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander; along with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins (left) and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, both Expedition 37/38 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a crew portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e075999

JSC2013-E-075999 (18 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (cent...

JSC2013-E-075999 (18 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (center), Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander; along with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins (left) and Russian cosmonaut Serge... more

JSC2013-E-076001 (20 June 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 37 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 jsc2013e076001

JSC2013-E-076001 (20 June 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expe...

JSC2013-E-076001 (20 June 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 37 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

JSC2013-E-076003 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, Expedition 37 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 jsc2013e076003

JSC2013-E-076003 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, E...

JSC2013-E-076003 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, Expedition 37 backup crew member, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose ... more

JSC2013-E-076000 (18 June 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson (left) along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev, all Expedition 37 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 jsc2013e076000

JSC2013-E-076000 (18 June 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson (left...

JSC2013-E-076000 (18 June 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson (left) along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev, all Expedition 37 backup crew members, attired in Russian So... more

JSC2013-E-076002 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Expedition 37 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 jsc2013e076002

JSC2013-E-076002 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvort...

JSC2013-E-076002 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Expedition 37 backup crew member, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to... more

JSC2013-E-076004 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (center), Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander; along with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins (left) and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, both Expedition 37/38 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a crew portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e076004

JSC2013-E-076004 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (cent...

JSC2013-E-076004 (20 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (center), Expedition 37 flight engineer and Expedition 38 commander; along with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins (left) and Russian cosmonaut Serge... more

JSC2014-E-042049 (22 Aug. 2013) --- The prime crew members for International Space Station Expedition 40 take a break in training for a crew portrait. From the left are Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042049

JSC2014-E-042049 (22 Aug. 2013) --- The prime crew members for Interna...

JSC2014-E-042049 (22 Aug. 2013) --- The prime crew members for International Space Station Expedition 40 take a break in training for a crew portrait. From the left are Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the Eu... more

JSC2014-E-042042 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Cosmonaut Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042042

JSC2014-E-042042 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Cosmonaut Maxim Suraev of the Russ...

JSC2014-E-042042 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Cosmonaut Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2014-E-042043 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Astronaut Reid Wiseman of NASA poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042043

JSC2014-E-042043 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Astronaut Reid Wiseman of NASA pos...

JSC2014-E-042043 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Astronaut Reid Wiseman of NASA poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of ESA Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090069

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Alex...

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of ESA Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2014-E-042044 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042044

JSC2014-E-042044 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Alexander Gerst of the European Sp...

JSC2014-E-042044 (22 Aug. 2013) --- Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Backup crew  Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090066

Backup crew Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e...

Backup crew Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090068

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Reid...

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Soyuz Commander Max Suraev Photo credit:  Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2013e090067

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Soyuz Commander Max ...

Official GCTC portrait of Expedition 38/39 backup Soyuz Commander Max Suraev Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime crewmembers check in with Russian officials Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for their launch to the International Space Station later this month. Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (far left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (left and center) and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left and far right) are greeted by GCTC Director Sergei Krikalev (right in blue suit) and NASA astronaut Shannon Walker (right and to Krilkalev’s left). Kotov, Ryazanskiy and Hopkins are scheduled to launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079232

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime crewmembers check in with Russian officials Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for their launc... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime crewmembers check in with Russian officials Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for their launch to the International Space Station later this month. Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (right) are in the final weeks of training for their launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079235

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime crewmembers check in with Russian officials Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for their launc... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) signs in Sept. 3 to initiate a round of qualification exams as his backup crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson (left) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev (right) look on. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crew – Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA -- who will launch to the International Space Station Sept. 26 in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakshtan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079230

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) signs in Sept. 3 to initiate a round of qualification exams as his backup crew... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (right) signs in Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for his launch to the International Space Station later this month. Looking on are his crewmates, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (left) and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center). The trio is in the final weeks of training for launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079234

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (right) signs in Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for his laun... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev clasp hands Sept. 3 during a round of qualification exams. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crew – Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA -- who will launch to the International Space Station Sept. 26 in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakshtan. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079231

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Ar... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) signs in Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for his launch to the International Space Station later this month. Looking on are his crewmates, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (left) and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (right). The trio is in the final weeks of training for launch Sept. 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079233

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) signs in Sept. 3 prior to the start of a round of qualification exams for his launch to the In... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA answers a question from a reporter Sept. 4 as he and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy conducted a qualification exam. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079962

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA answers a question from a reporter Sept. 4 as he and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg K... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (left) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) look on. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079961

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (partially hidden behind Kotov) look on. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079959

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopk... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as he and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins enter the final phase of their training. The trio is preparing for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079960

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy signs in for a round of qualification exams Sept. 4 as he and his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Ole... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) meet with Russian and U.S. officials at the start of a round of qualification exams Sept. 4. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079958

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) meet with Russia... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Russian instructors monitor the performance of Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy Sept. 4 as they conducted a qualification exam in a Soyuz spacecraft simulator. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079964

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Russian instructors monitor the performance of Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and Flight Engi... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center), Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) clasp hands during a qualification exam Sept. 4. The trio is in final training for launch on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e079963

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center), Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA answers a question from a reporter at a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmate, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (right) looks on. Along with Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, Hopkins and Kotov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080225

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA answers a question from a reporter at a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmate... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA hands the microphone to an interpreters after answering a question from a reporter at a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmate, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (right) looks on. Along with Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, Hopkins and Kotov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080224

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA hands the microphone to an interpreters after answering a question from a reporter at a pr... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (front row, center) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his prime and backup crewmates look on. In the front row are prime crewmates NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right). In the back row are backup crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev (right). Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080229

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (front row, center) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his prime and backu... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his Soyuz Commander, Oleg Kotov (right) looks on. Hopkins, Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080230

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his Soyuz Commander... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (second from left) holds a toy cat mascot during a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (far left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (second from the right) look on. Also participating in the news conference was the head of the Cosmonaut Training Center, Sergei Krikalev (far right). The mascot will be mounted inside the crew’s Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft over Kotov’s head as a “zero-g indicator” once the crew launches. Their launch to the International Space Station is set for Sept. 26, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080223

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (second from left) holds a toy cat mascot during a pre-launch news conference Sept. 6 as his crewmates,... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right, front row) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his prime and backup crewmates look on. In the front row are prime crewmates NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center). In the back row are backup crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev (right). Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080228

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right, front row) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his prime and... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) hold a replica of the Olympic torch Sept. 6 following a crew news conference at their training facility outside Moscow. The trio is preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. The torch that will light the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia Feb. 7, 2014 will be flown the space station by another crew in November and brought home several days later as part of a global and galactic Olympic relay.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080227

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) holds up a certificate proclaiming his readiness to launch and his crewmate, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) holds up a crew portrait Sept. 6 as NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) looks on. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080226

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) holds up a certificate proclaiming his readiness to launch and his crewmate, Flight Engineer S... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his Soyuz Commander, Alexander Skvortsov (center) and backup Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev (right) look on. The trio is serving as backups to the prime crewmembers --- NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, who are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e080231

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 backup Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) signs a certification book in a traditional ceremony Sept. 6 as his Soyuz Comm... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) poses for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony at their training base for a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087556

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left) Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) p... more

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA flashes an “all ok” sign Sept. 13 after boarding a bus at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City with his crewmates for a ride to nearby airport and a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087559

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA flashes an “a...

Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA flashes an “all ok” sign Sept. 13 after boarding a bus at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City with his crewmates for a ride to nearby airp... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (left), the first human to walk in space, shares a light moment with Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (right) Sept. 13 before Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA and their backups departed with their backup crewmates for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087552

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (left), the first human to walk in space, shares a light moment with Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (r... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (center) shares a light moment with his backup, NASA’s Steve Swanson (left) and the first human to walk in space, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (right) Sept. 13 before Hopkins and Swanson departed with their other crewmates for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087551

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (center) shares a light moment with his backup, NASA’s Steve Swanson (left) and the first ... more

Flying aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane to his launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA affixes a crew patch sticker to the cabin wall Sept. 13 following his departure from his training base outside Moscow with his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e087545

Flying aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane to his launch ...

Flying aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane to his launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA affixes a crew patch sticker to the ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony at their training base for a flight to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev, backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov, backup Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, prime Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA, prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and prime Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087557

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 37/38 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Vladimir Lenin Sept. 13 following a departure ceremon... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) lead the procession Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony as they left their training base for a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087554

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) lead the procession Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony as they left their training base for a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will launch from Baikonur Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087555

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) answers a question from a reporter Sept. 13 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins (left) and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy (right) look on. The trio departed Star City for a flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where they will launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087558

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov (center) answers a question from a reporter Sept. 13 as his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hop... more

Fresh off of their return to Earth following almost six months aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 36 crewmembers Alexander Misurkin (left) and Pavel Vinogradov (right) take a stroll at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Sept. 13 following a departure ceremony for Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins. Misurkin and Vinogradov landed in their Soyuz spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan Sept. 11 with NASA’s Chris Cassidy. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy left Star City for their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where they will launch Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft for a five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e087553

Fresh off of their return to Earth following almost six months aboard ...

Fresh off of their return to Earth following almost six months aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 36 crewmembers Alexander Misurkin (left) and Pavel Vinogradov (right) take a stroll at the Gagar... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) report for the start of their flight qualification exam simulations Oct. 15, 2013. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090222

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA F... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) report for the start of their flight qualification exam simulations Oct. 15, 2013. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090221

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA F... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) answer questions from reporters before the start of their flight qualification exam simulations Oct. 15, 2013. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090224

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA F... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) gestures as he, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) answered questions from reporters before the start of their flight qualification exam simulations Oct. 15, 2013. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090225

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) gestures as he, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (l... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) signs in for the start of flight qualifications exam simulations Oct. 15, 2013 as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) look on. Also on hand was Expedition 39 Lead Flight Director Royce Renfrew of NASA (far right). Tyurin, Wakata and Mastracchio are scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090223

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right) signs in for the start of flight qualifications exam simulations Oct. 15, 2013 as... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) clasp hands in front of a Soyuz simulator Oct. 17, 2013 as they conducted final qualification exams. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090232

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA F... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (left, center) signs in for final qualification exam simulations Oct. 17, 2013 as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (far left) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (left, right) look on. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090229

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (left, center) signs in for final qualification exam simulations Oct. 17, 2013 as his crewmates, Fl... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) is assisted by a technician as he dons protective booties for the start of final qualification simulation exams Oct. 17, 2013. Tyurin is joined by his crewmates, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right). The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090230

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) is assisted by a technician as he dons protective booties for the start of final qualifica... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (far left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (left, center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (left, right) report for the start of their final flight qualification exam simulations Oct. 17, 2013. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090226

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (far left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (left, center) ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) clasp hands in front of a Soyuz simulator Oct. 17, 2013 as they conducted final qualification exams. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090231

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA F... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (left, right) signs in for final qualification exam simulations Oct. 17, 2013 as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (far left) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (left, center) look on. The trio is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090228

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (left, right) signs in for final qualification exam simulations Oct. 17, 2013 as his crew... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, trainers monitor a simulation run by Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Oct. 17, 2013. The simulation was part of the final qualifications exams for the crew, which is scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090233

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, trainers monitor a simulation run by Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio and Flight Engineer Koi... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA signs in for final qualification exam simulations Oct. 17, 2013. Mastracchio, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090227

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA signs in for final qualification exam simulations Oct. 17, 2013. Mastracchio, Soyuz Comma... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right) pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz simulator Oct. 18, 2013 as they participated in qualification exam simulations. They are backing up the prime crewmembers, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who are scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090235

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (center) and NA... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right) pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz simulator Oct. 18, 2013 as they participated in qualification exam simulations. They are backing up the prime crewmembers, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who are scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090234

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (center) and NA... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right) hoists a model of the Olympic torch during a crew news conference October 22, 2013. Tyurin, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (center) and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station. Launching with them will be one of the Olympic torches used in the Olympic relay that will culminate with the torch’s arrival at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090723

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right) hoists a model of the Olympic torch during a crew news conference October 22, 2013. Tyurin,... more

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (front row, left) signs a commemorative book October 22, 2013 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (front row, center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (front row, right) look on. Joining them in the back row from left to right are prime crewmembers (Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and NASA’s Rick Mastracchio, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090719

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center...

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (front row, left) signs a commem... more

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA studies a model of a Soyuz spacecraft during a tour October 22, 2013. Mastracchio, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090721

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center...

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA studies a model of a Soyuz spacecraft during a tour October... more

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin poses in front of a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, and a picture of Gagarin with Russian space icon Sergei Korolev during a tour October 22, 2013. Tyurin, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090720

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center...

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin poses in front of a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right, left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right, center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right, far right) pay tribute at the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space during a ceremony October 22, 2013. The trio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090726

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right, left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right, cent... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (foreground) prepares to lay flowers at the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first man to fly in space, during a ceremony October 22, 2013. Looking on in the background are backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA (back left) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (back right). Wakata, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090725

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (foreground) prepares to lay flowers at the statue of Yuri... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 38/39 prime crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, October 22, 2013 following a news conference and traditional ceremonies. Front left to right Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (right). Wakata, Tyurin and Mastracchio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.   NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090728

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 38/39 prime crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, October 22, 2013 ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) pose for pictures with a model of the Olympic torch following a crew news conference October 22, 2013. The trio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station. Launching with them will be one of the Olympic torches used in the Olympic relay that will culminate with the torch’s arrival at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090724

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) and NASA F... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 38/39 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, October 22, 2013 following a news conference and traditional ceremonies. Front left to right are prime crewmembers Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and backup crewmembers Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, Max Suraev and NASA’s Reid Wiseman. Wakata, Tyurin and Mastracchio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.   NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090729

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 38/39 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, Octobe... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (center) holds a model of the Olympic torch during a crew news conference October 22, 2013. Mastracchio, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (right) will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station. Launching with them will be one of the Olympic torches used in the Olympic relay that will culminate with the torch’s arrival at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090722

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (center) holds a model of the Olympic torch during a crew news conference October 22, 201... more

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (front row, left) signs a commemorative book October 22, 2013 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (front row, center) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (front row, right) look on. Joining them in the back row from left to right are backup crewmembers Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, Max Suraev and NASA’s Reid Wiseman. Wakata, Tyurin and Mastracchio will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090718

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center...

At the Gagarin Museum located at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (front row, left) signs a co... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (right, far left), backup Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (right, center) and backup Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right, far right) pay tribute at the statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space during a ceremony October 22, 2013. The trio is backing up the prime crew, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, who will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for the start of a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090727

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (right, far left), backup Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (right, c... more

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

The Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers arrive at the Baikonur, Kazakh...

The Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers arrive at the Baikonur, Kazakhstan airport October 26 after flying from their training base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Alexander Gerst... more

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

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft, Expedition 38/39 ...

Aboard a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft, Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA (left), Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (center) and Soyuz ... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 38/39 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right are prime Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, prime Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, prime Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and the backup crewmates, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, Max Suraev and Greg Wiseman of NASA. After the photo opportunity, the crewmembers flew to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for the launch of Tyurin, Wakata and Mastracchio Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090969

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

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 38/39 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left t... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers pose for pictures October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right are Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, Max Suraev and Greg Wiseman of NASA. After the photo opportunity, the crewmembers flew to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for the launch of the prime crew, Soyuz commander Mikhail Tyurin, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090968

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

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers pose for pictures October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right ar... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 38/39 prime crewmembers pose for pictures October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right are Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail  Tyurin and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio. After the photo opportunity, the crewmembers flew to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090967

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

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, the Expedition 38/39 prime crewmembers pose for pictures October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. From left to right are... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) answers questions from reporters October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia as his crewmates, Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio (right) look on. The three crewmembers flew to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after the question and answer session for final preparations for their launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to begin a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2013e090970

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, Expedition 38...

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin (center) answers questions from reporters October 26 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star Cit... more

JSC2014-E-021422 (14 Nov. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, Expedition 39/40 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 jsc2014e021422

JSC2014-E-021422 (14 Nov. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, E...

JSC2014-E-021422 (14 Nov. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, Expedition 39/40 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose ... more

JSC2014-E-021428 (14 Nov. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Expedition 39/40 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 jsc2014e021428

JSC2014-E-021428 (14 Nov. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvort...

JSC2014-E-021428 (14 Nov. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Expedition 39/40 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to... more

JSC2014-E-021425 (14 Nov. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 39 flight engineer and Expedition 40 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 jsc2014e021425

JSC2014-E-021425 (14 Nov. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expe...

JSC2014-E-021425 (14 Nov. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 39 flight engineer and Expedition 40 commander, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star... more

JSC2014-E-021430 (14 Nov. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson (left), Expedition 39 flight engineer and Expedition 40 commander; along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev, both Expedition 39/40 flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a crew portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e021430

JSC2014-E-021430 (14 Nov. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson (left...

JSC2014-E-021430 (14 Nov. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson (left), Expedition 39 flight engineer and Expedition 40 commander; along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov (center) and Oleg Artemyev, ... more

JSC2014-E-021424 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev, Expedition 39 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 jsc2014e021424

JSC2014-E-021424 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samoku...

JSC2014-E-021424 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev, Expedition 39 backup crew member, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia ... more

JSC2014-E-021427 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Expedition 39 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 jsc2014e021427

JSC2014-E-021427 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Ex...

JSC2014-E-021427 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Expedition 39 backup crew member, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose f... more

JSC2014-E-079954 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Expedition 41/42 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 jsc2014e079954

JSC2014-E-079954 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Ex...

JSC2014-E-079954 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Expedition 41/42 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose f... more

JSC2014-E-021423 (11 Dec. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, Expedition 39 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 jsc2014e021423

JSC2014-E-021423 (11 Dec. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, Expe...

JSC2014-E-021423 (11 Dec. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, Expedition 39 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

JSC2014-E-021426 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Expedition 39 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 jsc2014e021426

JSC2014-E-021426 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Ex...

JSC2014-E-021426 (11 Dec. 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Expedition 39 backup crew member, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose f... more

JSC2014-E-021429 (11 Dec. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore (left), Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, all Expedition 39 backup crew members, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, take a break from training in Star City, Russia to pose for a crew portrait. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e021429

JSC2014-E-021429 (11 Dec. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore (left...

JSC2014-E-021429 (11 Dec. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore (left), Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, all Expedition 39 backup crew members, attired in Russian Sokol launch and ent... more

JSC2014-E-042047 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Astronaut Terry Virts of NASA poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042047

JSC2014-E-042047 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Astronaut Terry Virts of NASA poses...

JSC2014-E-042047 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Astronaut Terry Virts of NASA poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2014-E-042045 (6 Feb. 2014) --- The backup crew members for International Space Station Expedition 40 take a break in training with the prime crew for a crew portrait. From the left are Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042045

JSC2014-E-042045 (6 Feb. 2014) --- The backup crew members for Interna...

JSC2014-E-042045 (6 Feb. 2014) --- The backup crew members for International Space Station Expedition 40 take a break in training with the prime crew for a crew portrait. From the left are Flight Engineer Terry... more

JSC2014-E-042048 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042048

JSC2014-E-042048 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of Russi...

JSC2014-E-042048 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

JSC2014-E-042046 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center jsc2014e042046

JSC2014-E-042046 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Samantha Cristoforetti of the Europ...

JSC2014-E-042046 (6 Feb. 2014) --- Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency poses for a portrait during a break in training in Russia. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (center) signs in for the start of qualification exams March 4 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (left) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) look on. The trio is preparing for launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, Kazakh time in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024132

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (center) signs in for the start of qualification exams March 4 as his crewmates, Soyuz Comma... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (center) and Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos (right) report to Russian space officials March 4 as they prepare to conduct the first of two days of qualification exams. The prime crew – Steve Swanson of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station on March 26, Kazakh time, on their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024127

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (center) and Flight Engineer E... more