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Soyuz Rocket Launches Space Station Crew on Express Trip: (Expedition 36/37 Photos)

Soyuz Rocket Engines Ignite

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Three Expedition 36 crew members launched to the International Space Station, Wednesday, May 29, 2013 (local time), from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Expedition 36 Crew Waves While Heading to the Rocket

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), top, Flight Engineers: Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, center, and Karen Nyberg of NASA, bottom, wave farewell as they board the Soyuz rocket ahead of their launch to the International Space Station, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Soyuz TMA-09M Spacecraft for Expedition 36

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft is raised into vertical position after arriving at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad by train, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 36 Soyuz TMA-09M Rollout

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Kazakhstan.

Soyuz TMA-09M Spacecraft Rolled Out

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Kazakhstan.

Three Astronauts Approach Space Station

NASA TV

A Soyuz capsule carrying three space station astronauts makes its final approach before docking with the International Space Station. Image released May 28, 2013.

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