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

After the Fit Check

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide (left) of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams walk by the upper stage of their Soyuz booster rocket in the Integration Facility July 3, 2012 as they completed a suited "fit check".

Checking for Leaks in the Suit

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams participates in a leak check of her Russian launch and entry suit July 3, 2012 as part of the suited "fit check" of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.

Expedition 32 Patch

NASA

This patch represents the 32nd expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) and the significance of the science being conducted there for current and future generations. The image was released in September 2011.

Expedition 32 Crew

NASA

The crew of the International Space Station's Expedition 32. Pictured from the left are flight engineers Akihiko Hoshide, Yuri Malenchenko, Sunita Williams and Joe Acaba, commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Sergei Revin.

Expedition 32 Preflight

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Expedition 32 crew members leave building 254 following their suited up for launch July 15, 2012 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 32 Preflight

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Expedition 32 crew members receive a formal go for launch from Vitaly Alexandrovich Lopota, President of Energia, left, and Vladimir Popovkin, Director of Roscosmos prior to their launch onboard the Soyuz TMA-05M July 15, 2012 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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