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Expedition 18 Ready for Flight
10.08.08
Crew strolls outside the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters

JSC2008-E-121928   (8 Oct. 2008)  --- In the foreground, from the left, astronaut Michael  Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Expedition 18 flight engineer; and spaceflight participant Richard Garriott stroll outside the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2008 as they take a break from training for launch on the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft Oct. 12 to the International Space Station.   Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov  

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Michael Barratt, Nik Halik, Richard  Garriott and Michael Fincke discuss flight data file information with trainer + View high-resolution image
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JSC2008-E-121921 (8 Oct. 2008) --- Dressed in flight suits, from the left, astronaut Michael Barratt, backup Expedition 18 flight engineer; backup spaceflight participant Nik Halik; spaceflight participant Richard Garriott and astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; discuss flight data file information with a trainer at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2008 as they prepare for launch Oct. 12 on a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.  Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov 

Michael Fincke conducts physical training + View high-resolution image
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JSC2008-E-121922 (8 Oct. 2008) --- Astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, conducts physical training on a tilt table at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2008 as he prepares for launch Oct. 12 on the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the International Space Station.   Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov  

Owen Garriott talks to reporters as Richard Garriott looks on + View high-resolution image
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JSC2008-E-121925 (8 Oct. 2008) --- Former NASA Skylab and space shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott (left) talks to reporters outside the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2008 as his son, Richard Garriott looks on. The younger Garriott is a spaceflight participant flying to the International Space Station under a commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency and will become the first second generation American astronaut to fly in space when he is launched Oct. 12 on a Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Michael Fincke conducts traditional planting of tree + View high-resolution image
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JSC2008-E-121926 (8 Oct. 2008) --- Outside the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke conducts the traditional planting of a tree Oct. 8, 2008 as he and his crewmates prepare for launch Oct. 12 on a Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Owen Garriott assists his son, Richard Garriott + View high-resolution image
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JSC2008-E-121927 (8 Oct. 2008) --- Two generations of space travelers participate in the traditional planting of a tree outside the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2008 as former NASA Skylab and space shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott assists his son, Richard Garriott. The younger Garriott is scheduled to launch Oct. 12 with the Expedition 18 crew on a Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft as a spaceflight participant to the International Space Station under a commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Michael Fincke takes a break + View high-resolution image
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JSC2008-E-121929 (8 Oct. 2008) --- Astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, takes a break from training to play a game of pool at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2008 as he and his crewmates begin to wrap up preparations for launch Oct. 12 on the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Richard Garriott, Yury Lonchakov, and Michael Fincke + View high-resolution image
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JSC2008-E-121931 (8 Oct. 2008) --- Spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Expedition 18 flight engineer; and astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; take a break from training to enjoy a game of pool at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Oct. 8, 2008 as they prepare for launch Oct. 12 on the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the International Space Station. One might suspect that it is not a coincidence that Lonchakov, Soyuz TMA-13 commander, is holding up the number 13 ball. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov