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Expedition 22 Prepares for Launch
12.16.09
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JSC2009-E-285012 (16 Dec. 2009) --- The Expedition 22 crew poses for a group snapshot while visiting the Soyuz launch vehicle assembly facility in front of the rocket's third stage. Crew members are, from the left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander; NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-285008 (16 Dec. 2009) --- A high angle view of Expedition 22 prime crew members during their final inspection of the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft at the Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan. From the left are NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer. They are scheduled for a Dec. 21 launch to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-285009 (16 Dec. 2009) --- A high angle view of Expedition 22 prime crew members during their final inspection of the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft at the Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan. From the left are NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer. They are scheduled for a Dec. 21 launch to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-285010 (16 Dec. 2009) --- Prime crew members pause for a group shot during Soyuz TMA-17 final inspection at the Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan. From the left are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander; and NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer. They are scheduled for a Dec. 21 launch to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-285011 (16 Dec. 2009) --- The prime and backup crews for Expedition 22 meet with Russian space officials after inspecting their Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft one final time on Dec. 16, 2009. From left to right (far side to foreground) are prime crew members NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer; along with backup crew members, NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa. The prime crew is scheduled for a Dec. 21 launch to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov.

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JSC2009-E-285013 (16 Dec. 2009) --- The Expedition 22 crew poses for a group snapshot while visiting the Soyuz launch vehicle assembly facility in front of the rocket's third stage. Crew members are, from the left, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander; and NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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JSC2009-E-285014 (16 Dec. 2009) --- The Expedition 22 crew visits the Baikonur Cosmodrome museum in Kazakhstan while awaiting its scheduled Dec. 21 launch. Prime crew members in the foreground are, from the left, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer; and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander. In the background are backup crew members, NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock, JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov