Launch Photos: Russian Rocket Launches Expedition 50/51 Crew to International Space Station

Suiting Up

NASA/Alexander Vysotsky

The fit check dress rehearsal begins as Expedition 50/51 crew member Peggy Whitson of NASA suits up within the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Fitting Just Right

NASA/Alexander Vysotsky

Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency also suits up as the fit check dress rehearsal begins for the Expedition 50/51 crew.

Making the Grade

NASA/Bill Ingalls

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completes final qualification exams inside the Soyuz simulator on Oct. 25, 2016.

Qualifying

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos waits outside the Soyuz simulator, as ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, background, and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson prepare for him to join them.

A Proud Team

Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Crewmembers of Expedition 50/51 — Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (left), Peggy Whitson of NASA (center) and Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, right) — place a crew insignia sticker inside a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft.

Time for Questions

NASA/Stephanie Stoll

Expedition 50/51 crewmembers answer reporters' questions outside the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

Family Ties

NASA/Stephanie Stoll

Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) introduces his daughter to astronaut Peggy Whitson at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia.

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