PICRYL
PICRYLThe World's Largest Public Domain Source
  • homeHome
  • searchSearch
  • photo_albumStories
  • collectionsCollections
  • infoAbout
  • star_rateUpgrade
  • account_boxLogin

Topic: roscosmos

2005
2005
slider-holder
2017
slider-holder
2017
1,093 media by topicpage 1 of 11
Expedition 14 Preflight Activities

Expedition 14 Preflight Activities

JSC2006-E-38876 (8 Nov. 2005) --- Spaceflight participant Anousheh Ansari, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, takes a break from an ISS Soyuz 13 (TMA-9) mission training session in Star City, Rus... more

(9 Dec. 2010) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft (right) is shown before the its encapsulation into its payload fairing (left) on Dec. 9, 2010. The vehicle is set to launch Dec. 16 (Kazakhstan time) to deliver NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman, Expedition 26 flight engineer; Soyuz commander Dmitry Kondratyev of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, flight engineer, to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e194868

(9 Dec. 2010) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz ...

(9 Dec. 2010) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft (right) is shown before the its encapsulation into its payload fairing (left) on Dec. 9, 2010. The vehicle is set to launc... more

JSC2010-E-195167 (10 Dec. 2010) --- At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Kazakhstan, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer (from left), NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman, Expedition 26 flight engineer; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa take part in recreational activities while Soyuz commander Dmitry Kondratyev of Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) looks on. Nespoli, Coleman and Kondratyev will launch Dec. 16 (Kazakhstan time) to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2010e195167

JSC2010-E-195167 (10 Dec. 2010) --- At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Kazakhst...

JSC2010-E-195167 (10 Dec. 2010) --- At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Kazakhstan, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Expedition 26 flight engineer (from left), NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman, Exped... more

(16 Dec. 2010) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Catherine (CadY) Coleman and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, both Expedition 26 flight engineers, give a thumbs up signal just prior to walkout leading up to today's (Dec. 16 Kazakhstan time) launch aboard the Soyuz TMA 20.  Soyuz commander Dmitry Kondratyev of Roscosmos is out of frame.  Photo credit: NASA jsc2010e196411

(16 Dec. 2010) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astr...

(16 Dec. 2010) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Catherine (CadY) Coleman and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, both Expedition 26 flight engineers, give a thumbs up sign... more

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) in Moscow March 11, 2011, Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov (center right), Alexei Krasnov, Roscosmos’ Head of Piloted Space Programs, and Joel Montalbano, NASA Director of Human Spaceflight Programs, Russia, discuss the upcoming launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft with Expedition 27 prime crew members: Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev (far right), cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Ron Garan, along with backup crewmembers Anton Shklaperov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank.  Samokutyaev, Borisenko and Garan are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on March 30 (Kazakhstan time). The occasion was a traditional “tea” with Perminov prior to the crew’s departure for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 17. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2011e025924

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) in...

At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) in Moscow March 11, 2011, Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov (center right), Alexei Krasnov, Roscosmos’ Head of Piloted Space Programs, and Joel ... more

JSC2015E032659 (02/06/2015) --- Official crew photograph of Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer with the International Space Station's Expedition 43. Credit: (Roscosmos/GCTC) jsc2015e032659

JSC2015E032659 (02/06/2015) --- Official crew photograph of Russian Co...

JSC2015E032659 (02/06/2015) --- Official crew photograph of Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer with the International Space Station's Expedition 43. Credit: (Roscosmos/GCTC)

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

(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portrait of Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmos

Portrait of Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmos

JSC2013-E-013363 (February 2013) --- Portrait of Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmos, Expedition 35 flight engineer and Expedition 36 commander. Photo credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ISS034-E-062059 (3 March 2013) -- It's not difficult to identify the cause for celebration in this photograph taken inside Unity or Node 1 on the International Space Station on March 3.  From foreground to aft, Expedition 34 Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn of NASA and Roman Romanenko and Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos can't hide their delight over the arrival of fresh food and supplies that were delivered by the SpaceX Dragon earlier in the day. The hatch to the Zarya module can be seen in the background. iss034e062059

ISS034-E-062059 (3 March 2013) -- It's not difficult to identify the c...

ISS034-E-062059 (3 March 2013) -- It's not difficult to identify the cause for celebration in this photograph taken inside Unity or Node 1 on the International Space Station on March 3. From foreground to aft,... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy talks to family on a staellite phone shortly after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Flight Engineer Alexander Misur... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of N... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

A Russian search and rescue helicopter and crew wait to depart the Zhezkazgan airport in Kazakhstan to support the landing of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Ru... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) rest in a chair after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA ... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is carried to the medical tent shortly after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) rest in a chair after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA ... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft is seen after it landed with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Eng... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA is helped out of the Soyuz TMA-08M capsule after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Flight Engineer Alexander... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is helped out a helicopter at the Karaganda airport in Kazakhstan after having been flown from the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecra... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Russian search and rescue crews wave farewell to a departing helicopter as an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA drops Cassidy off to from the Soyuz TMA-08M landi... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of N... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of N... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy waves hello after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos landed their Soy... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is carried to the medical tent shortly after he and, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer ... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Russian search and rescue personnel arrive within seconds after the landing of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight ... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of N... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Russian search and rescue MI-8 helicopters are seen through the window of another helicopter at the landing site of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, ... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA is carried to the medical tent shortly after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Flight Engineer Alexander Mis... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA, left, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), center, and, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, sit in chairs... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

A Russian search and rescue helicopter and crew wait to depart the Zhezkazgan airport in Kazakhstan to support the landing of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Ru... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA rest on a helicopter after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA is helped out of a helicopter at the Karaganda airport in Kazakhstan after having been flown from the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft landing site in a remote area n... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA is helped out of the Soyuz TMA-08M capsule after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Flight Engineer Alexander... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of N... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) talks to his family via satellite phone after he and, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is helped out a helicopter at the Karaganda airport in Kazakhstan after having been flown from the Soyuz TMA-08M ... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) smiles and gives a thumbs up after he and, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cass... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

A Russian search and rescue all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and helicopter are seen at the landing site of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, Sept. 11... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Russian search and rescue MI-8 helicopters are seen at the landing site of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The Soyuz landed w... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA waves during a ceremony at the Karaganda airport in Kazakhstan after having been flown from the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft landing site in a remote area near th... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is carried from the Soyuz TMA-08M capsule to a chair to rest after he and, Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Roscosmo... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Russian support crews give chase during the landing of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misur... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of N... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) adjust a traditional Kazakh hat given to him during a ceremony at the Karaganda airport in Kazakhstan after havin... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

A Russian search and rescue helicopter and crew wait to depart the Zhezkazgan airport in Kazakhstan to support the landing of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Ru... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

A Russian search and rescue helicopter departs the Zhezkazgan airport in Kazakhstan to support the landing of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Sp... more

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-08M Landing

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of N... more

12-59-52-3:  In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup Expedition 38/39 crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the first stage of the Soyuz rocket Nov. 3 as they enter the homestretch of their preparations for launch. From left to right are backup crewmembers Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Max Suraev of Roscosmos, prime crewmembers Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and backup crewmember Reid Wiseman of NASA. Tyurin, Mastracchio and Wakata will launch Nov. 7, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2013e091789

12-59-52-3: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in...

12-59-52-3: In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the prime and backup Expedition 38/39 crewmembers pose for pictures in front of the first stage of the Soyuz rocket Nov. 3 as t... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson (right) wave to reporters March 4 at the start of two days of qualification exams. The trio is preparing for launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, Kazakh time in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024134

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swa... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (left), Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos listen to instructions from Russian space officials at the start of qualification exams March 4. The trio is preparing for launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, Kazakh time in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024133

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (left), Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Ro... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (center) and Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos (right) clasp hands at the start of the first day of qualification exams March 4. The prime crew – Steve Swanson of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing to launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024130

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

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmember Elena Serova of Roscosmos signs in for the first of two days of qualification exams March 4 as her crewmate, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev looks on. The prime crew – Steve Swanson of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing to launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, Kazakh time, on their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024129

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmember Elena Serova of Roscosmos signs in for the first of two days of qualification exams March 4 as her crewmate, Soy... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmember and Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (foreground) signs in for the first of two days of qualification exams March 4 as his crewmate, Elena Serova of Roscosmos looks on. The prime crew – Steve Swanson of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station on March 26, Kazakh time, on their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024128

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmember and Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (foreground) signs in for the first of two days of qualif... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the image of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looms over Expedition 39/40 backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos as he and his crewmates began two days of qualification exams March 4. The prime crew – Steve Swanson of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing to launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024131

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the image of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looms over Expedition 39/40 backup Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos a... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and with the visage of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looking down on them, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) field questions from reporters March 5 prior to qualification exams. They are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024815

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and with the visage of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looking down on them, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and with the visage of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looking down on them, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) clasp hands March 5 prior to qualification exams. They are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024817

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and with the visage of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looking down on them, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos smiles before entering a Soyuz spacecraft simulator during qualification exams March 5. Skvortsov, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024819

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos smiles before entering a Soyuz spacecraft simulator during qualification exams Ma... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) field questions from reporters March 5 prior to qualification exams. They are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024814

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Rosco... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos studies a flight plan March 5 as he and his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos conducted final qualification exams. They are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024820

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos studies a flight plan March 5 as he and his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Steve... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, a flight instructor monitors the progress of qualification exams for the Expedition 39/40 crewmembers March 5 as the crew heads into the homestretch of its training. Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024821

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, a flight instructor monitors the progress of qualification exams for the Expedition 39/40 crewmembers March 5 as the crew heads into the homestretc... more

JSC2014-E-024812 (5 March 2014) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (right) signs in for final qualification exams March 5 as his crewmate, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson looks on. Skvortsov, Swanson and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission. Photo credit: NASA jsc2014e024812

JSC2014-E-024812 (5 March 2014) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training ...

JSC2014-E-024812 (5 March 2014) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (right) signs in for final qualification exam... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and with the visage of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looking down on them, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) field questions from reporters March 5 prior to qualification exams. They are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024816

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and with the visage of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space, looking down on them, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, flight instructors monitor the progress of qualification exams for the Expedition 39/40 crewmembers March 5 as the crew heads into the homestretch of its training. Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024822

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, flight instructors monitor the progress of qualification exams for the Expedition 39/40 crewmembers March 5 as the crew heads into the homestretch ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos smiles before entering a Soyuz spacecraft simulator during qualification exams March 5. Skvortsov, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024818

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos smiles before entering a Soyuz spacecraft simulator during qualification exams Ma... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) signs in for qualification exams March 5 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) look on. They are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Star City, Russia March 26, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024813

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) signs in for qualification exams March 5 as his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Alexander ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (front, center) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as his crewmates, Steve Swanson of NASA (front, left) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (front, right) look on. Also participating in the back row were backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA (back, left), Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (back, center) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos (back, right). Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024970

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov (front, center) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as his crewmates, St... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos (front, right) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as her backup crewmates, Barry Wilmore of NASA (front, left) and Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (front, center) look on. Also participating in the back row were prime crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (back, left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (back, center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (back, right). Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024972

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos (front, right) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as her b... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos lays flowers in a tribute to Russian space icons who are interred there as part of ceremonial activities. Artmeyev, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024979

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Oleg A...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos lays flowers in a tribute to Russian space icons who are interred there as part of ceremonial activities. Artmeyev, NAS... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures at the Gagarin Museum March 6. From left to right are prime crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA, Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos  and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, and backup crewmembers Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos, Elena Serova of Roscosmos and Barry Wilmore of NASA. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024975

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures at the Gagarin Museum March 6. From left to right are prime crewmembers ... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (front, left) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as his crewmates, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (front, center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (front, right) look on. Also participating in the back row were backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA (back, left), Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (back, center) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos (back, right). Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024971

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (front, left) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as his crewmates, Al... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos lays flowers in a tribute to Russian space icons who are interred there as part of ceremonial activities. Skvortsov, NASA Flight Engineer Steve Swanson, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artmeyev of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024977

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexan...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos lays flowers in a tribute to Russian space icons who are interred there as part of ceremonial activities. Skvorts... more

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA lays flowers in a tribute to Russian space icons who are interred there as part of ceremonial activities. Swanson, Flight Engineer Oleg Artmeyev of Roscosmos and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024978

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve ...

At the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA lays flowers in a tribute to Russian space icons who are interred there as part of ceremonial activities. Swanson, Flight En... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crewmembers answer questions from reporters during a news conference March 6. From left to right are prime crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, GCTC head Sergei Krikalev, and backup crewmembers Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos and Barry Wilmore of NASA. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024968

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crewmembers answer questions from reporters during a news conference March 6. From left to right are p... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) clasp hands at the conclusion of a crew news conference March 6. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024969

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) cla... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA (front, left) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as his backup crewmates, Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (front, center) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos (front, right) look on. Also participating in the back row were prime crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (back, left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (back, center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (back, right). Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024973

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA (front, left) signs a commemorative book at the center’s museum March 6 as his backup... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 39/40 prime crewmembers pose for pictures at the Gagarin Museum March 6. From left to right are Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024974

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 39/40 prime crewmembers pose for pictures at the Gagarin Museum March 6. From left to right are Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexan... more

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmembers Elena Serova (second from the left) and Alexander Samokutyaev (third from the left) of Roscosmos share the microphone March 6 as they answer questions from reporters during a crew news conference. Joining the news conference was the head of GCTC, Sergei Krikalev (far left), NASA’s Barry Wilmore (second from the right) and an interpreter (far right). The prime crew, Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024967

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

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 backup crewmembers Elena Serova (second from the left) and Alexander Samokutyaev (third from the left) of Roscosmos share t... more

Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (front, left), Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (front, center) and Oleg Artemyev (front, right) arrive at Red Square in Moscow by the Kremlin March 6 for the ceremonial laying of flowers at the Kremlin Wall in tribute to Russian space icons who are interred there. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024976

Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (front, left), ...

Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (front, left), Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos (front, center) and Oleg Artemyev (front, right) arrive at Red Square in Moscow by the Kremlin March 6 fo... more

Taking time out from their ceremonial activities at the Kremlin in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) pose for pictures in front of the Tsar Cannon March 6. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024981

Taking time out from their ceremonial activities at the Kremlin in Mos...

Taking time out from their ceremonial activities at the Kremlin in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (ri... more

Taking time out from their ceremonial activities at the Kremlin in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) pose for pictures by the Kremlin Wall March 6 where Russian space icons are interred. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024980

Taking time out from their ceremonial activities at the Kremlin in Mos...

Taking time out from their ceremonial activities at the Kremlin in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (ri... more

Striking a pose in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral at Red Square in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) took time from ceremonial activities March 6 for a photo opportunity. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e024982

Striking a pose in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral at Red Square in Mos...

Striking a pose in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral at Red Square in Moscow, Expedition 39/40 crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (ri... more

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; right) apply a sticker bearing their mission insignia to the wall of their plane March 13. Swanson, Artemyev and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (hidden) are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e025973

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch s...

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemye... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center)) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev (right) pose for pictures March 13 before boarding a plane for the flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev will launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time , in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e025849

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin...

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 39/40 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Sk... more

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the  Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures March 13 before boarding a plane for the flight to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup crewmembers Barry Wilmore of NASA and Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and prime crewmembers Steve Swanson of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev will launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time , in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Stephanie Stoll jsc2014e025850

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin...

With the statue of Vladimir Lenin serving as a backdrop at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 39/40 prime and backup crewmembers pose for pictures March 13 before boardi... more

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos; left), Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA (center) and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) pose for pictures March 13 next to the wall of the plane bearing a newly applied sticker with  their mission insignia. Swanson, Artemyev and Skvortsov are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station March 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft for a six-month mission.  NASA/Victor Zelentsov jsc2014e025974

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch s...

Flying from their training base in Star City, Russia to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 39/40 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Rosc... more