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Expedition 18 Approaches the Station
10.22.08
iss017e019552 -- Expedition 18 Approaches the Station
ISS017-E-019552 (14 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth on Oct. 23 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the complex. Eastern Romania just north of the Black Sea port of Constanta with the lower Danube River floodplain along the left side and forested parts of the Babadagului Plateau at the top form the backdrop for the scene.

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ISS017-E-019550 (14 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth on Oct. 23 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the complex. Northeastern Bulgaria, south of the Danube River (along the top) and north of the Balkan Mountains (along bottom), and the western Black Sea (lower right) form the backdrop for the scene.

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ISS017-E-019541 (14 Oct. 2008) --- The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, carrying NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Soyuz commander and flight engineer; and American spaceflight participant Richard Garriott. Fincke and Lonchakov will spend six months on the station, while Garriott will return to Earth on Oct. 23 with two of the Expedition 17 crewmembers currently on the complex. The southeastern coast of Tunisia (left) over the Gulf of Gabes with the Isle of Jerba (bottom-center) forms the backdrop for the scene.