Photo Tour: Inside NASA's Johnson Space Center

Outside a Soyuz Spacecraft

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Astronauts use this full-scale model of a Soyuz spacecraft for practice before taking the Russian-built capsule up to the International Space Station.

Inside a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft

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It's a tight squeeze inside the capsule. The three astronauts being sent up are housed in a tiny sphere for the journey into low-Earth orbit.

Full-Scale International Space Station

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The full-scale model of the International Space Station housed at Johnson Space Center is where astronauts train before launching into orbit. The modules are all built to scale, and arranged in the same way they would be in orbit.

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Miriam Kramer
Staff Writer

Miriam Kramer joined as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.