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Liftoff! Launch Photos for Space Station's Expedition 32 Crew

Soyuz Rocket Launches Expedition 32 Crew

NASA TV

A Soyuz rocket launches into space carrying three new members of the International Space Station's Expedition 32 crew into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on July 15, 2012 local time.

Final Blessing Before Launch: Expedition 32

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Expedition 32 crew members JAXA Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide, left, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, third from left, receive the traditional blessing by an Orthodox priest at the Cosmonaut Hotel on Sunday, July 15, 2012 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Rocket Launches Expedition 32 Crew

NASA TV

A Soyuz rocket launches into space carrying three new members of the International Space Station's Expedition 32 crew into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on July 15, 2012 local time.

Liftoff! Soyuz Rocket Launches Expedition 32

NASA TV

A Soyuz rocket launches into space carrying three new members of the International Space Station's Expedition 32 crew into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on July 15, 2012 local time.

Astronaut Sunita Williams: Expedition 32

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Expedition 32 NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams smiles for the camera after signing one of the doors at the Cosmonaut Hotel (a prelaunch tradition) on Sunday, July 15, 2012 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Expedition 32 Soyuz Rocket Rollout

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Large gantry mechanisms on either side of the Soyuz TMA-205M spacecraft are raised into position to secure the rocket at the launch pad on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 32 Soyuz Rocket Rollout

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is raised into position at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Quarantine: Expedition 32

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Quarantined Expedition 32 prime crew members, from left, JAXA Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams and Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, wave goodbye from behind glass during a prelaunch press conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel on Friday, July 13, 2012 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Expedition 32 Soyuz Rocket Rollout

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Expedition 32 Soyuz Rocket Rollout

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Thursday, July 12, 2012.

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