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Soyuz TMA-13 Lifts Off
10.14.08
JSC2008-E-122777 -- Soyuz TMA-13 launch
JSC2008-E-122777 (12 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 12, 2008 carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz lifted off at 2:01 a.m. (CDT) with NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 18 flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. The three crewmembers are scheduled to dock with the ISS on Oct. 14. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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JSC2008-E-122778 (12 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 12, 2008 carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz lifted off at 2:01 a.m. (CDT) with NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 18 flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. The three crewmembers are scheduled to dock with the ISS on Oct. 14. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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JSC2008-E-122774 (12 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 12, 2008 carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz lifted off at 2:01 a.m. (CDT) with NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 18 flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. The three crewmembers are scheduled to dock with the ISS on Oct. 14. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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JSC2008-E-122775 (12 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 12, 2008 carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz lifted off at 2:01 a.m. (CDT) with NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 18 flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. The three crewmembers are scheduled to dock with the ISS on Oct. 14. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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JSC2008-E-122776 (12 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 12, 2008 carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz lifted off at 2:01 a.m. (CDT) with NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 18 flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. The three crewmembers are scheduled to dock with the ISS on Oct. 14. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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JSC2008-E-122807 (12 Oct. 2008) --- NASA astronaut Michael Fincke (foreground), Expedition 18 commander, has his Russian Sokol suit pressure checked prior to launching in the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft with American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott (center) and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 18 flight engineer, Oct. 12, 2008 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The three crewmembers are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Oct. 14. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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JSC2008-E-122812 (12 Oct. 2008) --- NASA astronaut Michael Fincke (seated right), Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov (seated center), Soyuz commander and Expedition 18 flight engineer; American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott (seated left); backup spaceflight participant Nik Halik (standing left), Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, backup station commander; and NASA astronaut Mike Barratt, backup flight engineer, pose for a photograph prior to the launch of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft on Oct. 12, 2008 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The three crewmembers are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Oct. 14. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth Oct. 24 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls