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Soyuz Rocket Launches New Expedition 33 Crew to Space Station (Photos)

Expedition 33 Soyuz Blessing

NASA/Bill Ingalls

An Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Launch pad on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for October 23 and will send Expedition 33/34 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of ROSCOSMOS on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Expedition 33/34 Soyuz Crew Blessing

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 33/34 crew members, Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, left, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of ROSCOSMOS, right, receive 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 Tuesday, October 23, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Expedition 33 Soyuz Rollout

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz rocket is ready to be erected into position after being rolled out to the launch pad by train, on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for October 23 and will send Expedition 33/34 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of ROSCOSMOS on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Expedition 33/34 Soyuz Rollout

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz rocket is ready to be erected into position after being rolled out to the launch pad by train, on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for October 23 and will send Expedition 33/34 Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of ROSCOSMOS on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station

No Smoking for Soyuz Rocket Launch

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz rocket is rolled out to the launch pad by train, on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A sign warns onlookers to not smoke near the towering rocket.

Expedition 33 Crew With Capsule

S.P. Korolev RSC "Energia"

The three members of Expedition 33 pose wearing their spacesuits in front of the Soyuz capsule that will transport them to the International Space Station. L to R: American astronaut Kevin Ford (of NASA), Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin. Image released Oct. 10, 2012.

Expedition 33 Crew Members in Front of Yuri Gagarin's Cottage

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

The Expedition 33 prime and backup crews pose for pictures on Oct. 18, 2012 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in front of the famed cottage where Yuri Gagarin slept the night before his launch April 12, 1961 aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft to become the first human to fly in space.

Expedition 33/34 Crew Members

NASA

NASA astronaut Kevin Ford (left), Expedition 33 flight engineer and Expedition 34 commander; along with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy (center) and Evgeny Tarelkin, both Expedition 33/34 flight engineers, pose for a portrait following an Expedition 33/34 preflight press conference at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Image released July 26, 2012.

Expedition 33 Patch

NASA

The Expedition 33 patch depicts the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting around the Earth, and into the future. Image released December 2011.

Space Station Expedition 33 Crew Photo

NASA

The International Space Station's Expedition 33 crew. From left: NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, Japannese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Russian cosmonauts Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford.

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