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Expedition 18 Flag Raising Ceremony
10.01.08
jsc2008e119298 -- Expedition 18

JSC2008-E-119298 (1 Oct. 2008) --- The prime and backup crewmembers for Expedition 18 and the prime and backup spaceflight participants line up opposite news media and photographers during a flag-raising ceremony near the Cosmonaut Hotel at the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. From the left are Richard Garriott, space flight participant; Russia's Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, prime flight engineer for Expedition 18; and Michael Fincke, prime crew commander; Nik Halik, backup space flight participant; cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, backup commander; and astronaut Michael Barratt, backup flight engineer. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2008-E-119297 (1 Oct. 2008) --- The Expedition 18 prime and backup crews and the spaceflight participant and his backup raise flags on Oct. 1 outside the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan in the traditional ceremony marking the final days prior to a scheduled launch on Oct. 12 in the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft. From the left are astronaut Michael Barratt, backup flight engineer; astronaut Michael Fincke, commander; cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, flight engineer; cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, backup commander; along with spaceflight participant Richard Garriott and his backup Nik Halik (partially obscured at right edge of frame ). Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov


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JSC2008-E-119299 (1 Oct. 2008) --- Spaceflight participant Richard Garriott (left), along with cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov (center), Expedition 18 flight engineer; and astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander, pose for a photo following a flag raising ceremony near the Cosmonaut Hotel at the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov


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JSC2008-E-119300 (1 Oct. 2008) --- While meeting news media near the Cosmonaut Hotel at the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan, astronaut Michael Fincke (right) Expedition 18 commander, explains the design of Soyuz TMA-13 crew patch. Russia's Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Expedition 18 flight engineer, looks on. Photo Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov