Soyuz TMA-08M ship

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, engineers swarm over the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft March 22 as they prepare the vehicle for its encapsulation into the third stage of a Soyuz booster rocket. The operation was part of the preparation for the Soyuz’ launch March 29, Kazakh time, to carry Expedition 35/36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin to the International Space Station for a 5 ½ month mission.

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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