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Soyuz Launch Photos: Space Station's US-Russian Expedition 39/40 Crew Blasts Off

Expedition 39 Press Conference (Standing)

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 primary crew flight engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz commander Aleksander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, flight engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The mission is set to launch March 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Expedition 39 Press Conference (Seated)

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz commander Aleksander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, and flight engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The mission is set to launch March 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Aleksandr Skvortsov

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 Soyuz commander Aleksandr Skvortsov is seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The mission is set to launch March 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Astronaut Swanson at Expedition 39 Press Conference

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson of NASA is seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The mission is set to launch March 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Swanson and Skvortsov of Expedition 39

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson of NASA and Soyuz commander Aleksander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos are seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The mission is set to launch March 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Expedition 39 Press Conference with Press Corps

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson of NASA is seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The mission is set to launch March 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Expedition 39 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 flight engineer Oleg Artemyev is seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The mission is set to launch March 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Priest Blesses Media Crew on Soyouz Launch Pad

NASA/Joel Kowsky

An Orthodox priest blesses members of the media on the Soyouz launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Kazakhstan.

Priest Blesses Soyuz Rocket

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

An Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 39 Crew at Final Press Conference

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 primary crew flight engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, Soyuz commander Aleksander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, flight engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and Expedition 39 backup crew Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos, and Elena Serova of Roscosmos are seen in quarantine, behind glass, during the final press conference be Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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