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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Astronaut E. Michael Fincke is ready to practice driving an M-113 armored personnel carrier. Fincke is a backup crew member for the International Space Station Expedition 4 crew, who are flying on Space Shuttle Endeavour as part of mission STS-108.  Both the mission crew and Expedition 4 crews are at KSC for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities.  The TCDT includes emergency exit from the launch pad and a simulated launch countdown. The 11-day mission will also carry the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, filled with supplies and equipment.  STS-108 is scheduled to launch Nov. 29 KSC-01PP1658

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Astronaut E. Michael Fincke is ready to p...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Astronaut E. Michael Fincke is ready to practice driving an M-113 armored personnel carrier. Fincke is a backup crew member for the International Space Station Expedition 4 crew, wh... more

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center in uniform, Flight Engineer and NASA International Space Station Science Officer Mike Fincke, left of Padalka, and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of... more

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Arrival

Flight Engineer and NASA International Space Station Science Officer Mike Fincke gives a thumbs up on board the bus after arrival at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, April 13, 2004. Fincke is scheduled to be lau... more

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Arrival

Flight Engineer and NASA International Space Station Science Officer Mike Fincke, left and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands on board their bus after arrival at Baikonur, Kazakhst... more

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA International Space Station Science Officer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, ... more

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Arrival

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA International Space Station Science Officer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, ... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center and Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands walk from the Soyuz capsule at bui... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, left, and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, center, talk with a technician as they prepare to climb the workstand to do thei... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Left to Right: European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, Backup Flight Engineer Salizhan Sha... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

A tour guide at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Space Museum explains the displays to NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, second from left, Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherl... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, right, makes a photograph of European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands with a desert tulip just outside the gates to the Soyuz launch... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke departs building 254 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after the final fit check in the Soyuz, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bi... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, center and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands take a tour of the Soyuz launch pad, Wed... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, far left, NASA International Space Station Science Officer Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, far right... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, left, NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, center and Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands climb the workstand around the Soy... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands listen to instructions on ... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, left, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, center and Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke stop to pose for a photograph with... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke prepares to sign a photograph in the space museum located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 backup Commander Leroy Chiao, far left, backup Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, second from left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center, NASA International Space Station Science Officer ... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left and Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka sign books, envelops and mementoes in the space museum located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Wednesday, April, 14, 2004, in Baikon... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, left, NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, center and Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka sign books, envelops and mementos in the space museum ... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke waits as his crew prepares to do their final Soyuz fit check at building 254 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Baikonur, Kaza... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center and the backup crew, left of center, receive some final instructions from engineers, technician... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke climbs out of the Soyuz capsule after the crews' final fit check at building 254 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke looks at a desert tulip just outside the gates to the Soyuz launch pad, Wednesday, April 14, 2004 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands pose for a photo during a tour of ... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left and Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka pose for a photo during a tour of the Soyuz launch pad, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 2004 in Baikonur, Kazakhs... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke video tapes one of the exhibits at the space museum located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center and Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands answer questions from reporters af... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, foreground, leaps over a ditch after the Expedition 9 prime and backup crews stopped to look at desert tulips just outside the gates to the Soyuz launch pad... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, second from left and Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherla... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 NASA International Space Station Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, left, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, center and Expedition 9 Commander Gennady P... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left and NASA Expedition 9 backup Commander Leroy Chiao prepare to raise the American flag at the flag raising ceremony at the Cosmonaut Hotel,... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center, trains on a Soyuz simulator while Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, right, watches at the Cosmonaut Hotel, Thursday, April 15, 20... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

The prime and backup crews for Expedition 9 pose for a group photo after the flag raising ceremony at the Cosmonaut Hotel, Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center, trains on a Soyuz simulator while Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA International Space StationScience Officer Mike Fincke, right, watches at the Cosmonaut Ho... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands pose for a group photo after ... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Left to Right: European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, Backup Flight Enginee... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left and NASA Expedition 9 backup Commander Leroy Chiao prepare to raise the American flag at the flag raising ceremony at the Cosmonaut Hotel,... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Preflight Activities

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left and NASA Expedition 9 backup Commander Leroy Chiao give a thumbs up after the flag raising ceremony at the Cosmonaut hotel, Thursday, Apri... more

Expedition 9 Training

Expedition 9 Training

Flight Engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke jog on the grounds of the Cosmonau... more

Expedition 9 Preflight Press Conference

Expedition 9 Preflight Press Conference

Starting from left, Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands, NASA Expedition 9 backup Comma... more

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Preflight

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke is assisted up after having is Russian Sokul suit pressure checked prior to launch, Monday, April 19, 2004, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Preflight

Seated from left to right, NASA Expedition 9 backup Commander Leroy Chiao, backup Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, backup European Space Agency astronaut Gerhard Thiele of Germany, Flight Engineer and NASA Sc... more

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Preflight

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands arrive at the Soyuz launch pad pri... more

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, right, and Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke check each other's suits, Monday, April 19, 2004, prior to departing for the launch pad for their liftoff ... more

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, left, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands and Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, right, wave to a crowd from their bus whi... more

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, second from top, Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke, second from bottom, and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands bid farewe... more

Expedition 9 Preflight

Expedition 9 Preflight

Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Mike Fincke gets his suit pressure checked prior to launch, while his crew mates Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, left and European Space Agency astronaut Andre K... more

Russian Flight Control Room

Russian Flight Control Room

View of the Flight Control Room at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia, located on the outskirts of Moscow, Wednesday, April 21, 2004. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Expedition 8 and Expedition 9 Onboard

Expedition 8 and Expedition 9 Onboard

The Expedition 8 and 9 crews and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands are viewed on the front screen of the Flight Control Room at the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow, ... more

Russian Flight Control Room

Russian Flight Control Room

View of the Flight Control Room at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia, located on the outskirts of Moscow, Wednesday, April 21, 2004. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke exits the Russian search and rescue helicopter in Kustanay, Kazakhstan after the 2 hour flight from the landing site, Sunday, October 24, 2004. Photo Credit: (NASA/B... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke is given traditional Kazak gifts during a press conference at the Kustanay airport in Kazakhstan, Sunday, October 24, 2004. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke talks during a press conference at the Kustanay, Kazakhstan airport after landing in the Soyuz capsule with Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Russian Space F... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke shows his happiness with the successful landing in the Syouz spacecraft with fellow crew members, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Russian Space Forces cosm... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke performs the traditional crew signing inside of his Russian search and rescue helicopter while Expedition 5 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson looks on, Sunday, October 24... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke is checked out in the medical tent prior to removal of his sokol suit. Fincke landed in the Soyuz capsule along with Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Russi... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

A Russian nurse sits next to Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, while he sleeps inside a Russian search and rescue helicopter on his way to Kustanay, Kazakhstan after landing in a Soyuz capsule 85 kil... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke is carried in a chair from the landing site to the medical tent in order to remove his sokol suit. Fincke landed in the Soyuz capsule along with Expedition 9 Command... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Russian Space Forces cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, right, are kept warm after their successful landing in the Soyuz spacec... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke shows his happiness with the successful landing in the Syouz spacecraft with fellow crew members, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Russian Space Forces cosm... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke is assisted by NASA Flight Doctor Steve Heart as he walks to the helicopter near the Soyuz landing site for the flight back to Kustanay, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsu... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Russian Space Forces cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, right, enjoy a meal onboard their flight from Kustanay, Kazakhstan to S... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke is interviewed by former Expedition 5 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson for the video phone after the successful landing in the Soyuz spacecraft with fellow crew members ... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Russian Space Forces cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, left, Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, right, pose for photos after receiving gifts at a press conference at t... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, lower left, greets his wife and children for the first time in six months after exiting the Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Center's airplane in Star City, Russia, Sunda... more

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Landing

Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, center, and Expedition 9 Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, background, exit the Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Center's airplane to an awaiting crowd of officials and family m... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Backup Expedition 13 Commander Fyodor N. Yurchikhin, left, Michael Fincke, NASA backup Flight Engineer and Science Officer, and backup Soyuz crew member Sergei Volkov, right, take a break from training at the C... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Sergei A. Volkov, left, backup Soyuz crew member, Michael Fincke, Expedition 13 backup Flight Engineer and Science Officer, and Fyodor N. Yurchikhin, right, Expedition 13 backup Commander, take a break from tra... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 backup crew member Michael Fincke relaxes outside of building 254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Expedition 13 prime and backup crews were at building 254 for the final ch... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Prime and backup crew members for the Expedition 13 mission talk with officials at building 254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome during their final check of the Soyuz spacecraft. Backup crew members, left to right, F... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 backup crew member Michael Fincke, left, Jeffrey N. Williams, Expedition 13 Science Officer and Flight Engineer, and Pavel V. Vinogradov, right, Commander, go over final review of Soyuz equipment ... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Science Officer and Flight Engineer Jeffrey N. Williams, center, talks with backup crew member Michael Fincke, left, during training at building 254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhs... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 backup crew members, Sergei Volkov, left, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Soyuz crew member; Fyodor N. Yurchikhin, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Commander; and Michael Fincke, right, Science Officer... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Prime and backup crew members for the Expedition 13 mission talk with officials at building 254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome during their final check of the Soyuz spacecraft. Backup crew members, left to right, S... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Marcos Pontes, left, Brazilian Space Agency Soyuz crew member; Michael Fincke, backup crew member; Jeffrey N. Williams, Expedition 13 Science Officer and Flight Engineer; and Pavel V. Vinogradov, right, Command... more

Expedition 13 Preflight

Expedition 13 Preflight

Prime and backup crew members for the upcoming mission to the International Space Station wave at the camera at Baikonur Cosmodrome during the final pressure checks of their suits. Backup crew: Sergei Volkov, s... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --    In the foreground, astronauts Tim Kopra, Michael Fincke, Soichi Noguchi, and Salizhan Sharipov (arms foldled) peer up at the Node 2 module in the Space Station Processing Facility.  They and other astronauts are familiarizing themselves with the various elements to be installed on the International Space Station on future spaceflights.  With construction of the Space Station the primary focus of future shuttle missions, astronaut crews will be working with one or more of the elements and hardware already being processed in the SSPF.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0266

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the foreground, astronauts Tim Kop...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the foreground, astronauts Tim Kopra, Michael Fincke, Soichi Noguchi, and Salizhan Sharipov (arms foldled) peer up at the Node 2 module in the Space Station Processing Facili... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   Walking through the Space Station Processing Facility are astronauts Frank DeWinne, Michael Fincke and Tim Kopra.  They are familiarizing themselves with the various elements to be installed on the International Space Station on future spaceflights.  With construction of the Space Station the primary focus of future shuttle missions, astronaut crews will be working with one or more of the elements and hardware already being processed in the SSPF.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0262

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Walking through the Space Station Proc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Walking through the Space Station Processing Facility are astronauts Frank DeWinne, Michael Fincke and Tim Kopra. They are familiarizing themselves with the various elements to ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   In the Space Station Processing Facility, astronauts peer up into the stands holding the Node 2 module.  Visible from left are Sandra Magnuson, Tim Kopra, Michael Fincke, Frank DeWinne and Soichi Noguchi.  They and other astronauts are familiarizing themselves with the various elements to be installed on the International Space Station on future spaceflights.  With construction of the Space Station the primary focus of future shuttle missions, astronaut crews will be working with one or more of the elements and hardware already being processed in the SSPF.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0265

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facili...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facility, astronauts peer up into the stands holding the Node 2 module. Visible from left are Sandra Magnuson, Tim Kopra, Michael Fincke, Frank D... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   Astronauts are in the Space Station Processing Facility to familiarize themselves with the various elements to be installed on the International Space Station on future spaceflights.  Seen here in the Columbus module are (front) Michael Fincke, Frank DeWinne and Sandra Magnuson; (back) Salizhan Sharipov, Soichi Noguchi and Tim Kopra.  With construction of the Space Station the primary focus of future shuttle missions, astronaut crews will be working with one or more of the elements and hardware already being processed in the SSPF.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0261

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Astronauts are in the Space Station Pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Astronauts are in the Space Station Processing Facility to familiarize themselves with the various elements to be installed on the International Space Station on future spaceflig... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   Astronauts Salizhan Sharipov and Michael Fincke look over hardware on the Node 2 module in the Space Station Processing Facility.  They and other astronauts are familiarizing themselves with the various elements to be installed on the International Space Station on future spaceflights. With construction of the Space Station the primary focus of future shuttle missions, astronaut crews will be working with one or more of the elements and hardware already being processed in the SSPF.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0264

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Astronauts Salizhan Sharipov and Micha...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Astronauts Salizhan Sharipov and Michael Fincke look over hardware on the Node 2 module in the Space Station Processing Facility. They and other astronauts are familiarizing the... more

Expedition 16 Preflight

Expedition 16 Preflight

Expedition 16 backup Commander Michael Fincke, right, photographs Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, left, shortly before they and Malaysian spacefli... more

S126E008191 - STS-126 - Chamitoff and Fincke in Node 2

S126E008191 - STS-126 - Chamitoff and Fincke in Node 2

The original finding aid described this as: Description: STS-126 Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff and Expedition 18 Michael Fincke pose for a photo in the Node 2 / Harmony module during Expedition 18 / STS-12... more

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Press Conference

American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, left, and Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke answer reporters' questions during a press conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in... more

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke answers reporters' questions during a press conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Fincke will launch on the Soyuz TMA-... more

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, left, and Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov answer reporters' questions during a press conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in Baikonur, Kazak... more

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Press Conference

The quarantined crew, from left, American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov, back up Expedition 18 Commander Gennady Padalka, Fl... more

Expedition 18 State Commission

Expedition 18 State Commission

A Russian flight surgeon, right, along with the quarantined prime and backup crews listen to the State Commission give the final approval for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 i... more

Expedition 18 State Commission

Expedition 18 State Commission

Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov, left, and Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke listen to the State Commission give the approval for launch of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2... more

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Press Conference

Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov, right, Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, left, pose for photographs after a press conference held at ... more

Expedition 18 Launch Day

Expedition 18 Launch Day

Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov, bottom, Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, top, board the Soyuz rocket prior to their launch in the So... more

Expedition 18 Traditional Blessing

Expedition 18 Traditional Blessing

American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, left, Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov and Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, right, participate in the traditional blessing prior to the b... more

Expedition 18 Launch Day

Expedition 18 Launch Day

Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov, bottom, Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, top, wave farewell from the steps of the Soyuz launch pad p... more

Expedition 18 Suit Pressure Check

Expedition 18 Suit Pressure Check

Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, foreground, has his Russian Sokol suit pressure checked prior to launching in the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft with American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott and Exped... more

Expedition 18 Suit-up

Expedition 18 Suit-up

Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov, left, and Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke don their Russian Sokol suits hours before they and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott launch in ... more

Expedition 18 Suit Pressure Check

Expedition 18 Suit Pressure Check

Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke waves hello to his family as he and Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott have their Russian Sokol suits pr... more

Expedition 18 Traditional Blessing

Expedition 18 Traditional Blessing

American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, left, Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov and Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, right, participate in the traditional blessing prior to the b... more

Expedition 18 Launch Day

Expedition 18 Launch Day

American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, left, Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Yuri V. Lonchakov and Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, right, depart building 254 where the crew donned their spaces... more