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Expedition 21 Prepares for Launch
09.30.09
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JSC2009-E-208832 (18 Sept. 2009) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA's Jeff Williams (left), Expedition 21 flight engineer, Expedition 21 Soyuz commander Max Suraev of Russia (center) and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte pose for pictures in front of the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft September 18, 2009 following a training exercise. The trio will be launched September 30 to the International Space Station where Williams and Suraev will spend six months. Laliberte will return to Earth October 11. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-214039 (24 Sept. 2009) ---- Behind their crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte (left), Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev (center), Soyuz commander, and NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Expedition 21 flight engineer, posed for pictures Sept. 24, 2009 as they prepared for launch to the International Space Station on September 30 in their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft. Suraev and Williams will spend six months on board, while Laliberte will return to Earth October 11. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-214425 (27 Sept. 2009) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, technicians complete the mating of the stages of the Soyuz TMA-16 rocket in its integration facility on Sept. 27, 2009. The rocket will be launched September 30 to deliver NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Expedition 21 flight engineer, Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev, Soyuz commander; and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte to the International Space Station. Williams and Suraev will spend six months on the station, while Laliberte will spend nine days on the complex, landing on October 11. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-214431 (26 Sept. 2009) --- At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams (left), Expedition 21 flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev, Soyuz commander (center), and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft Sept. 26, 2009 following a final inspection of the vehicle at the Integration and Checkout Facility. The trio will be launched in the Soyuz Sept. 30 to the International Space Station to begin a six month mission on the complex for Williams and Suraev and nine days on the outpost for Laliberte. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-214430 (28 Sept. 2009) --- The Soyuz rocket is seen shortly after arrival to the launch pad Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch the crew of Expedition 21 and a spaceflight participant on Sept. 30, 2009. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls