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Soyuz Brings New Expedition 22 Crew Members to Station
12.23.09
ISS022-E-014393 -- The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft
ISS022-E-014393 (22 Dec. 2009) --- The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 22 flight engineer; along with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, both flight engineers. Docking to the Zarya nadir port occurred at 4:48 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 22, 2009. The trio launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft at 3:52 p.m. on Dec. 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A docked Russian spacecraft is at top left. Photo Credit: NASA

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ISS022-E-014302 (22 Dec. 2009) --- The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 22 flight engineer; along with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, both flight engineers. Docking to the Zarya nadir port occurred at 4:48 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 22, 2009. The trio launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft at 3:52 p.m. on Dec. 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: NASA

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ISS022-E-014319 (22 Dec. 2009) --- The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 22 flight engineer; along with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, both flight engineers. Docking to the Zarya nadir port occurred at 4:48 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 22, 2009. The trio launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft at 3:52 p.m. on Dec. 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: NASA

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ISS022-E-014350 (22 Dec. 2009) --- The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 22 flight engineer; along with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, both flight engineers. Docking to the Zarya nadir port occurred at 4:48 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 22, 2009. The trio launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft at 3:52 p.m. on Dec. 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: NASA

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ISS022-E-014370 (22 Dec. 2009) --- The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander and Expedition 22 flight engineer; along with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, both flight engineers. Docking to the Zarya nadir port occurred at 4:48 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 22, 2009. The trio launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft at 3:52 p.m. on Dec. 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: NASA

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ISS022-E-014023 (22 Dec. 2009) --- Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov (left) and Maxim Suraev, both Expedition 22 flight engineers, pose for a photo after Kotov arrived on a Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer (out of frame) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi (out of frame), both flight engineers. The crew members launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 3:52 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 20, 2009, and docked to the station at 4:48 p.m. on Dec. 22. Photo Credit: NASA

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ISS022-E-014025 (22 Dec. 2009) --- Wearing a festive holiday hat, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, Expedition 22 flight engineer, ingresses the International Space Station after arriving onboard a Soyuz TMA-17 with NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer (out of frame) and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (out of frame), both flight engineers. The crew members launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 3:52 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 20, 2009, and docked to the station at 4:48 p.m. on Dec. 22. Photo Credit: NASA

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ISS022-E-014047 (22 Dec. 2009) --- Wearing festive holiday hats, the Expedition 22 crew members are pictured while speaking with officials from Russia, Japan and the United States from the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station. In the front row are NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams (right), commander; and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, flight engineer. Pictured on the back row (left to right) are Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, all flight engineers. Photo Credit: NASA