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At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Soyuz Commander Alexander Kaleri,

NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka participated in a variety of activities from Sept. 26-October 4 as they prepared for their Oct. 8 launch in their Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. The footage includes the crew’s arrival in Baikonur, their suited and unsuited fit checks in their Soyuz spacecraft, the raising of flags outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters and other traditional activities. The Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft was mated to its booster in a processing facility for its rollout to the launch pad in Baikonur Oct. 5.

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William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations

Cut 1 - 00:11 - “It’s a pretty special event when you get to see your brother go fly and then go to get with him on orbit and actually experience Space Station with all its glory together as a family, a real family.”
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William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations

Cut 2 - 00:15 - “I then look forward to the next 10 years.  The next ten years will be very challenging in the research environment, it’s our challenge now and the teams challenge to focus on that research to get ready to utilize this truly International wonderful facility in space to gain research.”

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Mark Kelly, STS-134 Commander and brother of Scott Kelly

Cut 3 - 00:11 - “He’s going to launch in a couple of days on his expedition, and then we will see what happens with the launch of STS-134, whether we launch on time or not, and if we do, when I open the hatch he will be on the other side.”
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