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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Enginee...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka (left to right) discuss the progress of their launch preparations September 26,... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Enginee...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri (L) and Oleg Skripochka share a thought September 26, 2010 as they prepared for a suited checkout of the Soyuz TMA-01M s... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Enginee...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineer Scott Kelly of NASA checks his Sokol launch and entry suit September 26, 2010 as he and Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripoc... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Enginee...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka (left to right) take a moment to pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Enginee...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineer Scott Kelly of NASA undergoes leak checks to his Sokol launch and entry suit September 26, 2010 as he and Flight Engineers Alexander Kaler... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime crew of Expedition...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime crew of Expedition 25 posed for a picture after conducting the traditional raising of flags outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters September 27, 2010. Fr... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crews o...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crews of Expedition 25 pose for a picture after conducting the traditional raising of flags outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters September 2... more

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

At their crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight E...

At their crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA (left), Alexander Kaleri (center) and Oleg Skripochka review rendezvous and docking programs on a laptop simula... more

Progress M-08M Spacecraft during departure

Progress M-08M Spacecraft during departure

Russian 24S Returned Imagery Part 208

Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly (left) is reunited with his twin brother, Mark Kelly on March 17, 2010, following a flight back to Ellington Field, Houston from Kustanai, Kazakhstan. Scott Kelly landed in Kazakhstan on March 16 with his Russian crewmates in the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft after 159 days in space, 157 days on the International Space Station. Mark Kelly is in the final weeks of training as Commander of the final flight of Endeavour, STS-134, that will spend more than a week docked to the ISS. Endeavour is targeted for launch on April 19.  Credit: NASA/Rob Navias jsc2011e026383

Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly (left) is reunited with his twin b...

Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly (left) is reunited with his twin brother, Mark Kelly on March 17, 2010, following a flight back to Ellington Field, Houston from Kustanai, Kazakhstan. Scott Kelly landed in K... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency prepares to lay flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during a traditional ceremony Dec. 1, 2011. Kuipers, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit will launch on Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212759

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Andre Kui...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency prepares to lay flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during a traditional ceremony... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow and with famed St. Basil’s Cathedral as the backdrop, the next trio of crewmembers to launch to the International Space Station pose for pictures following a ceremony Dec. 1, 2011 to lay flowers where famed Russian space heroes are interred. From left to right are Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. The three crewmembers will launch Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212760

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow and with famed St. Basil’s Cathedral as ...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow and with famed St. Basil’s Cathedral as the backdrop, the next trio of crewmembers to launch to the International Space Station pose for pictures following a ceremony Dec. 1, 2011 ... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, the next trio to launch to the International Space Station prepare to lay flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during their traditional ceremony Dec. 1, 2011. From left to right are Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. The crewmembers will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 21 on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212756

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, the next trio to launch to the Internat...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, the next trio to launch to the International Space Station prepare to lay flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during their traditional ceremony Dec. 1, 201... more

At the Kremlin in Moscow, the backup and prime crews for the next launch of Expedition 30 crewmembers to the International Space Station pose for pictures Dec. 1, 2011 in front of the Tsar Bell following traditional ceremonial activities at Red Square. From left to right are backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, backup NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams, backup Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the prime crew --- NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers will launch Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212761

At the Kremlin in Moscow, the backup and prime crews for the next laun...

At the Kremlin in Moscow, the backup and prime crews for the next launch of Expedition 30 crewmembers to the International Space Station pose for pictures Dec. 1, 2011 in front of the Tsar Bell following tradit... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the next trio to launch to the International Space Station pose for pictures during their traditional crew news conference Dec. 1, 2011. From left to right are Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko. The crewmembers will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 21 on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212755

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the next trio to launch to the International Space Station pose for pictures during their traditional crew news conference Dec. 1, 2011. From left ... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit lays flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during a traditional ceremony Dec. 1, 2011. Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will launch on Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212757

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don ...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit lays flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during a traditional ceremony Dec. 1, 2011. Pettit, Soyuz Commander ... more

At the Kremlin in Moscow, the prime and backup crews for the next launch of crewmembers to the International Space Station pose for pictures Dec. 1, 2011 in front of the Tsar Cannon following ceremonial activities at Red Square. From left to right are the prime Expedition 30 crew --- NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency, and the backup crew – Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers will launch Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212763

At the Kremlin in Moscow, the prime and backup crews for the next laun...

At the Kremlin in Moscow, the prime and backup crews for the next launch of crewmembers to the International Space Station pose for pictures Dec. 1, 2011 in front of the Tsar Cannon following ceremonial activit... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko prepares to lay flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during a traditional ceremony Dec. 1, 2011. Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will launch on Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e212758

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kono...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko prepares to lay flowers at the site where Russian space heroes are interred during a traditional ceremony Dec. 1, 2011. Kononenko, NAS... more

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (fourth from the left) and Alexei Krasnov (third from the right) pose for pictures with the Expedition 30/31 prime and backup crewmembers Dec. 6, 2011 prior to their departure Dec. 8 for their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. From left to right are prime crewmembers NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko, Popovkin, backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, Krasnov, backup NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams and backup Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Pettit, Kuipers and Kononenko will launch to the International Space Station Dec. 21 in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215041

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of R...

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (fourth from the left) and Alexei Krasnov (third from the right) pose for pictures with the Expedition 30/31 pri... more

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (far left) and the head of Piloted Space Programs, Alexei Krasnov (to Popovkin’s left) spend time with the Expedition 30/31 prime crewmembers Dec. 6, 2011 prior to their departure Dec. 8 for their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On the right from top to bottom are Joel Montalbano, NASA’s Head of Human Spaceflight Programs in Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko. Pettit, Kuipers and Kononenko will launch to the International Space Station Dec. 21 in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215039

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of R...

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (far left) and the head of Piloted Space Programs, Alexei Krasnov (to Popovkin’s left) spend time with the Exped... more

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (far left) and other Russian space officials spend time with the Expedition 30/31 prime crewmembers Dec. 6, 2011 prior to their departure Dec. 8 for their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On the right from top to bottom are Joel Montalbano, NASA’s Head of Human Spaceflight Programs in Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko. Pettit, Kuipers and Kononenko will launch to the International Space Station Dec. 21 in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215038

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of R...

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (far left) and other Russian space officials spend time with the Expedition 30/31 prime crewmembers Dec. 6, 2011... more

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the Expedition 30/31 backup crewmembers share a moment with Russian space officials in a ceremonial send off Dec. 6, 2011 prior to their departure for their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Dec. 8. From left to right are backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The prime crew, Oleg Kononenko, NASA’s Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency are scheduled to launch Dec. 21 from Baikonur to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215040

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the Expeditio...

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the Expedition 30/31 backup crewmembers share a moment with Russian space officials in a ceremonial send off Dec. 6, 2011 prior to their departure for th... more

In the pre-dawn hours at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on Dec. 8, 2011, the prime crewmembers who will round out Expedition 30 on the International Space Station answer questions from reporters prior to their departure for the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. Kononenko, Pettit and Kuipers will launch to the ISS on Dec. 21 in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215324

In the pre-dawn hours at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star...

In the pre-dawn hours at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on Dec. 8, 2011, the prime crewmembers who will round out Expedition 30 on the International Space Station answer questions f... more

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers pose for pictures Dec. 11, 2011 in front of a statue of Sergei Korolev, the Russian Great Designer and driving force behind the launch of Yuri Gagarin to become the first human in space 50 years ago, during a ceremonial tour of historic landmarks in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and backup NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams. The prime crewmembers, NASA’s Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215645

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers pose for pictures Dec. 11, 2011 i...

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers pose for pictures Dec. 11, 2011 in front of a statue of Sergei Korolev, the Russian Great Designer and driving force behind the launch of Yuri Gagarin to become the first hu... more

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers sample local food served by a Kazakh host inside a model of a primitive Kazakh hut-type house during a tour of a museum near their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Dec. 11, 2011. Clad in traditional Kazakh garb are backup Flight Engineer Suni Williams of NASA (second from the left), backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and backup Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The prime crewmembers, NASA’s Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215647

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers sample local food served by a Kaz...

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers sample local food served by a Kazakh host inside a model of a primitive Kazakh hut-type house during a tour of a museum near their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Dec. 1... more

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers pose for pictures with a Kazakh host inside a model of a primitive Kazakh hut-type house during a tour of a museum near their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Dec. 11, 2011. Clad in traditional Kazakh garb are backup Flight Engineer Suni Williams of NASA (second from the left), backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and backup Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The prime crewmembers, NASA’s Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215646

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers pose for pictures with a Kazakh h...

The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers pose for pictures with a Kazakh host inside a model of a primitive Kazakh hut-type house during a tour of a museum near their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Dec. 11, 20... more

At their crew quarters at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit (right) listen to a review of flight data file information from a training instructor Dec. 15, 2011 as the trio prepares for launch Dec. 21 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft from Baikonur.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215982

At their crew quarters at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan,...

At their crew quarters at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko (center) and NASA Flight En... more

Braced against the cold of single digit temperatures, Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko (center) and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency (right) take a walk on the grounds of their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Dec. 15, 2011 as they prepare for launch on Dec. 21 in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft from Baikonur to the International Space Station.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e215983

Braced against the cold of single digit temperatures, Expedition 30 NA...

Braced against the cold of single digit temperatures, Expedition 30 NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit (left), Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko (center) and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency... more

At the Korolev Museum in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA signs a picture of a Soyuz rocket December 16, 2011 as he and his Expedition 30 crewmates enter the final days of preparations for launch December 21 on their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft. Pettit, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will spend five and a half months on the station.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e216367

At the Korolev Museum in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedi...

At the Korolev Museum in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA signs a picture of a Soyuz rocket December 16, 2011 as he and his Expedition 30 crewmates enter t... more

At the Korolev Museum in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crews preparing for launch to the International Space Station to round out the Expedition 30 crew pose for pictures December 16, 2011 as they wrap up training for launch on Dec. 21 on the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, backup Flight Engineer Suni Williams of NASA, backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, the host greeting the crew in the museum, prime Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko, prime Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency and prime Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA. Kononenko, Kuipers and Pettit will spend five and a half months on the complex.  Credit: NASA jsc2011e216368

At the Korolev Museum in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the pr...

At the Korolev Museum in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crews preparing for launch to the International Space Station to round out the Expedition 30 crew pose for pictures December ... more

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is positioned for mating with the rest of the rocket Dec. 18, 2011. Preparations continue for launch from Baikonur to the International Space Station on Dec. 21 with Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. Photo credit: NASA jsc2011e216655

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, ...

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is positioned for mating with the rest of the rocket Dec... more

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is positioned for mating with the rest of the rocket Dec. 18, 2011. Preparations continue for launch from Baikonur to the International Space Station on Dec. 21 with Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. Photo credit: NASA jsc2011e216656

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, ...

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is positioned for mating with the rest of the rocket Dec... more

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is mated with the rest of the rocket Dec. 18, 2011. Preparations continue for launch from Baikonur to the International Space Station on Dec. 21 with Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency. Photo credit: NASA jsc2011e216658

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, ...

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is mated with the rest of the rocket Dec. 18, 2011. Prep... more

Soyuz TMA-03M Spacecraft prepares to dock with the MRM-1

Soyuz TMA-03M Spacecraft prepares to dock with the MRM-1

ISS030-E-015605 (23 Dec. 2011) --- With the three Expedition 30/31 crew members aboard, the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft (left) eases toward its docking with the Russian-built Mini-Research Module 1 (MRM-1), also ... more

Soyuz TMA-03M Spacecraft prepares to dock with the MRM-1

Soyuz TMA-03M Spacecraft prepares to dock with the MRM-1

ISS030-E-015603 (23 Dec. 2011) --- With the three Expedition 30/31 crew members aboard, the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft (left) eases toward its docking with the Russian-built Mini-Research Module 1 (MRM-1), also ... more

Soyuz TMA-03M Spacecraft prepares to dock with the MRM-1

Soyuz TMA-03M Spacecraft prepares to dock with the MRM-1

ISS030-E-015599 (23 Dec. 2011) --- With the three Expedition 30/31 crew members aboard, the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft (left) eases toward its docking with the Russian-built Mini-Research Module 1 (MRM-1), also ... more

(seated), flanked by Expedition 31 prime and backup crewmembers, signs a traditional cosmonauts' log at the site's Yuri Gagarin museum. Front at left is NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, flight engineer, and at front row, right is Russian cosmonaut and flight engineer Sergei Revin. Back row,from left are Expedition 31 backup crewmembers Kevin Ford of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are preparing for the launch May 15 that will take them to the International Space Station on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e044888

(seated), flanked by Expedition 31 prime and backup crewmembers, signs...

(seated), flanked by Expedition 31 prime and backup crewmembers, signs a traditional cosmonauts' log at the site's Yuri Gagarin museum. Front at left is NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, flight engineer, and at front r... more

(25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, Expedition 31 Soyuz commander Gennady Padalka signs a traditional cosmonauts' log at the site's Yuri Gagarin museum. Padalka, along with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, and cosmonaut Sergei Revin (not pictured) are preparing for the launch May 15 that will take them to the International Space Station on the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e044887

(25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star C...

(25 April 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow, Expedition 31 Soyuz commander Gennady Padalka signs a traditional cosmonauts' log at the site's Yuri Gagarin mu... more

(26 April 2012) -- At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Expedition 31 backup crewmembers Kevin Ford of NASA (left), and Russian cosmonauts Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy, field questions from Roscosmos officials April 26, 2012 prior to their departure May 2 for their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Prime crewmembers Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin and Joe Acaba (not pictured) are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station May 15 in their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e045628

(26 April 2012) -- At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Ag...

(26 April 2012) -- At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Expedition 31 backup crewmembers Kevin Ford of NASA (left), and Russian cosmonauts Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy, field questions... more

(26 April 2012) -- At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (center left), and other Russian space officials spend time with the Expedition 31 prime and backup crew members April 26, 2012 prior to their departure May 2 for their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On the right from top to bottom are Expedition 31 backup crewmembers Kevin Ford, Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy, and prime crewmembers -- Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka (right center), flight engineer Sergei Revin and NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba. Padalka, Revin and Acaba are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station May 15 in their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e045629

(26 April 2012) -- At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Ag...

(26 April 2012) -- At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin (center left), and other Russian space officials spend time with the Expedition 31 prime and ... more

(2 May, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on May 2, 2012, Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka kisses his granddaughter goodbye as his one of his daughters, left, looks on. Padalka, along with flight engineers Joe Acaba of NASA and cosmonaut Sergei Revin, flew to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for their launch to the International Space Station on May 15 in their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft.   NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e048521

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

(2 May, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on May 2, 2012, Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka kisses his granddaughter goodbye as his one of his daughters, left, ... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engi...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA conducts pressure and leak checks to his “Sokol” launch and entry suit May 3, 2012 during a suited dress rehearsal of... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 31/32 prime a...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 31/32 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures during their suited “fit check” dress rehearsal of launch day activities in advance of a May 15 laun... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft stands poised in its integration facility May 8, 2012 ready to be enshrouded in the upper stage of the rocket that will launch it and three... more

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

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the ...

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the prime and backup crewmembers for the Expedition 31/32 increments on the International Space Station pose for pictures May 10, 2012 during a ... more

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

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the ne...

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers who will launch to the International Space Station take a traditional stroll down the Walk of the Cosmonauts May 10, ... more

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

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, two of...

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, two of the three crewmembers who will next launch to the International Space Station brush up on their ping-pong skills May 10, 2012 as they take ... more

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

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expe...

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA (center) plants a tree in his name in a traditional ceremony May 10, 2012 as his crewmates lo... more

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

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the ne...

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers who will launch to the International Space Station take a traditional stroll down the Walk of the Cosmonauts May 10, ... more

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

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expe...

Behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA waters a tree he planted in his name in a traditional ceremony May 10, 2012 as he took a brea... more

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

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the ne...

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the next trio of crewmembers who will launch to the International Space Station brush up on rendezvous techniques May 10, 2012 by “flying” an appr... more

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, on board the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft docking to the space station's Rassvet module at 11:38 p.m.  Photo Date: May 16, 2012.  Location: Building 30 - FCR1.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz jsc2012e052753

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 durin...

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Re... more

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, on board the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft docking to the space station's Rassvet module at 11:38 p.m.  Photo Date: May 16, 2012.  Location: Building 30 - FCR1.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz jsc2012e052755

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 durin...

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Re... more

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, on board the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft docking to the space station's Rassvet module at 11:38 p.m.  Photo Date: May 16, 2012.  Location: Building 30 - FCR1.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz jsc2012e052746

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 durin...

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Re... more

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, on board the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft docking to the space station's Rassvet module at 11:38 p.m.  Photo Date: May 16, 2012.  Location: Building 30 - FCR1.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz jsc2012e052758

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 durin...

Flight controllers and Flight Director Chris Edelen in the FCR-1 during NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, flight engineer, and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Re... more

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (left), NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko posed for photos prior to their final Russian Segment qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are set to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e094087

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency...

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (left), NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko posed for photos prior... more

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (left), NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide prepared for their final Russian Segment qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are set to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e094086

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (...

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (left), NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide prepared for their fi... more

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 backup crew member Tom Marshburn of NASA answers questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mockup before a final qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Marshburn’s colleagues, prime crew members Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineers Suni Williams of NASA and Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency practiced similar scenarios nearby in advance of their final approval for launch to the International Space Station July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA jsc2012e094091

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 backup crew member Tom Marshburn o...

(19 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 backup crew member Tom Marshburn of NASA answers questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mockup before a final qualification test June 19, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut T... more

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), answer questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before their final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094943

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Willia...

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), an... more

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA gives a thumbs up during a media session at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before a final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Williams, along with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094942

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Willia...

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA gives a thumbs up during a media session at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before a final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagari... more

ISS031-E-140620 (20 June 2012) --- NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Expedition 31 flight engineer, prepares for a Sokol suit standard leak check in the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft in preparation for his return to Earth. Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers are scheduled to undock from the International Space Station on July 1, 2012. iss031e140620

ISS031-E-140620 (20 June 2012) --- NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Expediti...

ISS031-E-140620 (20 June 2012) --- NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Expedition 31 flight engineer, prepares for a Sokol suit standard leak check in the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft in preparation for his return to Earth.... more

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams answers questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before a final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Williams, along with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (not shown), are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094941

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Willia...

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams answers questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before a final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Trai... more

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), pose for photos at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before their final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094946

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Willia...

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), po... more

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), answer questions from the media at a Soyuz vehicle mock-up before their final qualification test June 20, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e094945

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Willia...

(20 June 2012) --- Expedition 32/33 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (right), an... more

ISS031-E-140632 (20 June 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (center), Expedition 31 commander; along with NASA astronaut Don Pettit (left) and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, both flight engineers, attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, conduct a standard suit leak check in the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft in preparation for their return to Earth scheduled for July 1, 2012. iss031e140632

ISS031-E-140632 (20 June 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (c...

ISS031-E-140632 (20 June 2012) --- Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (center), Expedition 31 commander; along with NASA astronaut Don Pettit (left) and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, both flight ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko grasped hands at the completion of a pre-launch news conference June 22, 2012. The crew will travel to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations leading to their launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096279

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and So... more

With her prime crewmates and backup crewmembers looking on, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (first row, center) signed a visitors book at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center museum in Star City, Russia June 22, 2012 as part of traditional activities leading to her launch July 15 to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Williams will launch along with Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (first row, left) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (first row, right). Also participating in the activities were the backup crew on the top row, Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA (top row, left), Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (top row, center) and Roman Romanenko (top row, right).  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096280

With her prime crewmates and backup crewmembers looking on, Expedition...

With her prime crewmates and backup crewmembers looking on, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA (first row, center) signed a visitors book at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center museum in... more

With St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA prepares to lay flowers at the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow where Russian space icons are interred June 22, 2012 as part of the traditional ceremonies prior to launch July 15 to the International Space Station. Williams, along with Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left) and Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko (not pictured) will fly to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations for their launch in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096285

With St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, Expedition 32/33 Flight ...

With St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA prepares to lay flowers at the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow where Russian space icons are interred ... more

With famous St. Basil’s Cathedral as a fitting backdrop, the next trio of residents for the International Space Station paid a traditional visit to Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow June 22, 2012 to lay flowers at the Kremlin Wall where Russian space icons are interred. Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (right) will travel to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations for their launch to the station July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096282

With famous St. Basil’s Cathedral as a fitting backdrop, the next trio...

With famous St. Basil’s Cathedral as a fitting backdrop, the next trio of residents for the International Space Station paid a traditional visit to Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow June 22, 2012 to lay flow... more

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow where Russian space icons are interred, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency laid flowers June 22, 2012 as part of the traditional ceremonies prior to launch July 15 to the International Space Station. Hoshide, along with NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko will fly to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations for their launch in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096283

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow where Russian space icons ...

At the Kremlin Wall at Red Square in Moscow where Russian space icons are interred, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency laid flowers June 22, 2012 as part of t... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko answered questions during a pre-launch news conference June 22, 2012. The crew will travel to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations leading to their launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096281

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and So... more

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (right) posed for pictures in front of the Tsar Cannon at the Kremlin in Moscow June 22, 2012 as part of their traditional pre-flight ceremonial activities. The trio will fly to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations for their launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096288

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Ex...

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (center) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (right) posed for pictures in fr... more

With St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko laid flowers at the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow where Russian space icons are interred June 22, 2012 as part of the traditional ceremonies prior to launch July 15 to the International Space Station. Malenchenko, along with NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will fly to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan July 2 for final preparations for their launch in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2012e096284

With St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, Expedition 32/33 Soyuz C...

With St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko laid flowers at the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow where Russian space icons are interred June 22, 2012 as p... more

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station answer questions from reporters during their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams. The trio are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098233

(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 prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station answer questions from... more

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station answer questions from reporters during their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams. The trio are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur  NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098232

(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 prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station answer questions from... more

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the Expedition 32/33 backup and 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 backup crew members Tom Marshburn of NASA, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, and prime crew members Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko. Hoshide, Williams and Malenchenko are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098231

(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 32/33 backup and prime crew members pose in front of Vladimir Lenin’s statue as part of their far... more

(2 July, 2012) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia on July 2, 2012, the prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station walk with their families to their farewell sendoff to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (far left) Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (second from left), Malenchenko’s wife Ekaterina and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams (far right). Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide are scheduled to launch to the space station on July 15 in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur.   NASA/Stephanie Stoll. jsc2012e098229

(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 prime crew members who will round out Expedition 32 on the International Space Station walk with their famil... more

(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

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

Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA affixes a crew p...

Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA affixes a crew patch to the cabin of the plane that carried her, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (left) and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerosp... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Canadian Space Agency Flight...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Canadian Space Agency Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield, one of the members of the Expedition 32/33 backup crew, tests out binoculars July 3, 2012 as part of the pre-launc... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engi...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams climbs into her Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 for the suited “fit check” in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft t... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engi...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engi...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA works through procedures in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft July 3, 2012 during a suited “fit check” of the vehicl... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engi...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency climbs into his Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 for the suited “fit ch... more

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

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engi...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams rests during a leak check of her Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 as part of the suited “fit check” of the So... more

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency participates in a leak check of his Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 as part of the suited “fit check” of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft that will launch him, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA to the International Space Station on July 15.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099528

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engi...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency participates in a leak check of his Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 as... more

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the backup Expedition 32/33 crewmembers strike a pose July 7, 2012 in front of a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, as they toured the town near the Cosmodrome from which the prime crewmembers --- NASA’s Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency --- will launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. From left to right, the backup crewmembers pictured are Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099592

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the backup Expedition 32/33 crewmembers strik...

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the backup Expedition 32/33 crewmembers strike a pose July 7, 2012 in front of a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, as they toured the town near the Cosmodrome fro... more

With the upper stage of the Soyuz booster in the foreground and the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft in the background, technicians at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan prepared to encapsulate the Soyuz vehicle into its booster July 8, 2012, setting the stage for the launch of Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams and Flight Aki Hoshide of the Japan Exploration and Space Agency July 15 to the International Space Station for a four-month mission.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099604

With the upper stage of the Soyuz booster in the foreground and the So...

With the upper stage of the Soyuz booster in the foreground and the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft in the background, technicians at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan prepared to encapsulate the Soyuz vehicle int... more

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft (right) is readied for its encapsulation into the upper stage of its Soyuz booster (left) July 8, 2012 in advance of its rollout to the launch pad July 12 and the launch of its occupants, Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency July 15 for a four-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099606

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft (right) is readied for its encapsulation into the upper stage of its Soyuz booster (left) July 8, 2012 in advance of its rollout to the lau... more

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is readied for its encapsulation into the upper stage of its Soyuz booster July 8, 2012 in advance of its rollout to the launch pad July 12 and the launch of its occupants, Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency July 15 for a four-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099605

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft...

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is readied for its encapsulation into the upper stage of its Soyuz booster July 8, 2012 in advance of its rollout to the launch pad July 12... more

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA plants a tree in her name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as part of the traditional ceremonies leading up to her launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Assisting Williams were, from left to right, Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and backup crew members Tom Marshburn of NASA, Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099596

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA plants a tree...

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA plants a tree in her name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as part of the traditional ceremonies leading up ... more

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA beams with her crewmates after planting a tree in her name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as part of the traditional ceremonies leading up to her launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Enjoying the moment with Williams are Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and on the right, backup crewmember Tom Marshburn of NASA.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099597

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA beams with he...

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA beams with her crewmates after planting a tree in her name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as part of the t... more

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA gets in a round of ping-pong at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as she prepares for launch July 15 to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Williams will launch with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099603

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA gets in a rou...

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams of NASA gets in a round of ping-pong at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as she prepares for launch July 15 to the Internat... more

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency gets in a round of billiards at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as he prepares for launch July 15 to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Hoshide will launch with Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099602

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Ex...

Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency gets in a round of billiards at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as he prepares for l... more

Behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 32/33 crew posed for a picture July 9, 2012 as they took a short break from training leading to their launch July 15 to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. From left to right are NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099599

Behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, th...

Behind their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 32/33 crew posed for a picture July 9, 2012 as they took a short break from training leading to their launch July 15 to the Int... more

Assisted by NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plants a tree in his name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan July 9, 2012 as part of the traditional ceremonies leading to their launch July 15 to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Joining Williams and Hoshide are Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA backup Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn, backup Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency and backup Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099598

Assisted by NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Expedition 32/33 Fli...

Assisted by NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Expedition 32/33 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plants a tree in his name behind the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Bai... more

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 32/33 backup crew members participate in a rendezvous and docking practice session using laptop computer simulators July 9, 2012 as they train for support of the prime crew’s launch July 15 to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. From left to right with their instructors are backup Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA, backup Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko and backup Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e099600

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Ex...

At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 32/33 backup crew members participate in a rendezvous and docking practice session using laptop computer simulators July 9, 2012 as... more

At the the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 32/33 crewmembers pose for pictures at the hatchway of their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft July 10, 2012 following a final check of the vehicle as they prepare for launch July 15 to the International Space Station. From left to right are NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2012e100219

At the the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 32/33 cre...

At the the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 32/33 crewmembers pose for pictures at the hatchway of their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft July 10, 2012 following a final check of the vehicle as they pr... more