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Expedition 23 Prepares for Launch
03.19.10
JSC2010-E-04316 -- Expedition 23 crew members
JSC2010-E-04316 (19 March 2010) --- At the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow March 19, 2010, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (left), Expedition 23 flight engineer; Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov (center), Soyuz commander, and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 23 flight engineer, brave the elements after laying flowers in a traditional ceremony prior to their departure for the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for launch on the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft to the International Space Station April 2. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll

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JSC2010-E-041314 (19 March 2010) --- At the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow March 19, 2010, NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 23 flight engineer, lays flowers in a traditional ceremony prior to her departure for the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for her launch on the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft to the International Space Station April 2. Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Soyuz commander, and Mikhail Kornienko, Expedition 23 flight engineer, were certified for launch earlier in the day by the Russian State Commission. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll



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JSC2010-E-041315 (19 March 2010) ----At the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow March 19, 2010, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, Expedition 23 flight engineer, lays flowers in a traditional ceremony prior to his departure for the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final preparations for launch on the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft to the International Space Station April 2. Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Soyuz commander, NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 23 flight engineer, and Kornienko were certified for launch earlier in the day by the Russian State Commission. Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll



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JSC2010-E-041317 (19 March 2010) --- Braving the elements, the prime and backup crews preparing for launch to the International Space Station take a moment to pose for pictures at the Kremlin Wall in Moscow March 19, 2010 as part of their traditional pre-launch ceremonial activities. From left to right are Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, both flight engineers for Expedition 23, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Soyuz commander, and their backups--Alexander Samokutyayev, Andre Borisenko and Scott Kelly. Skvortsov, Caldwell Dyson and Kornienko will launch in the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome April 2 and dock to the station April 4. Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll



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JSC2010-E-041312 (19 March 2010) --- Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Soyuz commander, along with cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, both Expedition 23 flight engineers, receive their flight certification from the Russian State Commission at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia March 19, 2010. They will depart for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final pre-launch preparations leading to their launch April 2 in the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll



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JSC2010-E-041313 (19 March 2010) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the prime crew for the next Soyuz launch to the International Space Station receives its certification for flight from Russian space officials March 19, 2010. At the top of the picture, Expedition 23 Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov (left), Soyuz commander, Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (center) and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, both Expedition 23 flight engineers, listen as the head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Anatoly Perminov (lower right) provides the certification along with cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev (lower left), who is the head of the Cosmonaut Training Center. Skvortsov, Kornienko and Caldwell Dyson will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan April 2 in their Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft and will dock to the station April 4. Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll