Expedition 34 Preflight

Tom Marshburn receives a traditional Russian Orthodox blessing, ahead of his first Soyuz ride into orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA, left, receives the traditional blessing from a Russian Orthodox priest at the Cosmonaut Hotel on the morning of their Soyuz launch to the International Space Station on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of a Soyuz rocket later in the afternoon will send Marshburn, Roman Romanenko of Russia and Chris Hadfield of Canada on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Carla Cioffi)

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