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

Steve Swanson Speaks with Family During Suit Pressure Checks

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, center, speaks with his family during Russian Sokol suit pressure checks in preparation for launch onboard the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Oleg Artemyev's Sokol Suit Check

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, has his Russian Sokol suit pressure checked in preparation for his launch onboard the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 39 Preflight: Crew Speaks with Family Members

NASA/Joel Kowsky

Expedition 39 Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA, left, and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, right, speak with family members while Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, has his Russian Sokol suit pressure checked in preparation for his launch onboard the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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