Soyuz Rocket Launches 'Express' Trip to Space Station (Photos)

Expedition 35 Soyuz Rocket in Position

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz rocket is erected into position after being rolled out to the launch pad by train on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Rocket Placed in Position

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz rocket is erected into position after being rolled out to the launch pad by train on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Rocket Erected into Position

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz rocket is erected into position after being rolled out to the launch pad by train on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Engineers at Baikonur Cosmodrome

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Launch pad engineers at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan are dwarfed by the large gantry mechanisms at the base of the Soyuz TMA-08M rocket following its rollout to the pad on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Soyuz Rocket Upright at Launch Pad

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz rocket is seen on its launch pad shortly after being lifted into its upright position on Tuesday March 26, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Rocket at Launch Pad

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz rocket is seen on its launch pad shortly after being lifted into its upright position on Tuesday March 26, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Engineers Work at Soyuz Rocket Launch Pad

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Launch pad engineers at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan are dwarfed by the large gantry mechanisms at the base of the Soyuz TMA-08M rocket following its rollout to the pad on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Massive Gantry Mechanisms at Soyuz Rocket Launch Pad

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Large gantry mechanisms on either side of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft are raised into position to secure the rocket at the launch pad on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff is set for March 28 EDT (March 29 Local Time).

Gantry Mechanisms Raised into Position

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Large gantry mechanisms on either side of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft are raised into position to secure the rocket at the launch pad on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Gantry Mechanisms Raised into Position at Soyuz Launch Pad

NASA/Carla Cioffi

Large gantry mechanisms on either side of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft are raised into position to secure the rocket at the launch pad on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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