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Launch Photos: Soyuz Rocket Launches Expedition 49/50 Crew to Space Station

A Team

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko posed in front of the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft on Oct. 13, 2016, less than a week before their Oct. 19 launch to the International Space Station on that spacecraft.

Excited and Ready

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Expedition 49 prime crewmembers — Shane Kimbrough of NASA, third from right, Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, second from right, and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos, right — along with the backup crewmembers — Mark Vande Hei of NASA, left, Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, second from left, and Nikolai Tikhonov of Roscosmos, third from left — pose in front of the base of a Soyuz rocket on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Expedition 49 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 19.

Readying the Rocket

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

While constructing the Soyuz rocket assembly, a worker removes a protective cover from an engine on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.

Attaching the Tower

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

On Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, during assembly of the Soyuz rocket, workers prepare the escape tower for attachment to the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft.

Connecting the Parts

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

In preparation for the Oct. 19 launch, the Soyuz rocket and Soyuz MS-02 are mated at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Bringing Out the Big Guns

NASA/Joel Kowsky

A train rolls the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft to the launch pad on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Rockets to the ISS

NASA/Joel Kowsky

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a train rolls the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft onto the launch pad in preparation for the Oct. 19 launch.

Destination Achieved

NASA/Joel Kowsky

The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for Expedition 49 to the International Space Station.

Getting Into Position

NASA/Joel Kowsky

After being transported to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the Soyuz MS-02 is raised into a vertical position in preparation for the Oct. 19 launch to the International Space Station.

Securing the Payload

NASA/Joel Kowsky

The gantry arms are raised around the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft after it reached a vertical position on the launch pad.

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