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Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata
Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata

JSC2013-E-028655 (6 May 2013) -- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 36/37 backup crew member Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepares to enter a Soyuz spacecraft trainer May 6. He and his crewmates (out of frame), backup Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and backup Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA support the prime crew members who are currently preparing for launch to the International Space Station. The prime crew (out of frame), NASA's Karen Nyberg, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time, for a five-month mission. Photo credit: NASA

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