Space Station Photos: Expedition 54 Crew in Orbit

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With a breathtaking horizon as backdrop, the Soyuz MS-07 rolls out to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on Dec. 15,2017.

Steady and Tight

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The service structure arms close around the Soyuz rocket on the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad.

Ready for Questions

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The Expedition 54 prime and backup crewmembers pose for photos following a pre-launch press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel on Dec. 16, 2017.

They've Left the Building

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Leaving Building 254 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 54 crew report to mission managers before the Dec. 17, 2017 launch aboard the Soyuz MS-07.

Final Farewells

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Before boarding the Soyuz MS-07 and heading to the International Space Station for a five-month mission, Expedition 54 prime crewmembers wave goodbye. From top to bottom: NASA astronaut and flight engineer Scott Tingle, Japanese taikonaut and flight engineer Norishige Kanai (JAXA), and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, commander of the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft.

It's Launch Time!

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On Dec. 17, 2017, the Soyuz MS-07 rocket successfully launched, carrying the three-member Expedition 54 crew to the ISS for a five-month mission.

Up, Up, Up!

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The Soyuz MS-07 rocket carries Expedition 54 Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, flight engineer Scott Tingle of NASA, and flight engineer Norishige Kanai of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) away from Earth to the International Space Station.

Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind

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The three member crew will spend the next five months living and working aboard the ISS.

Crew at the Ready


Inside the Soyuz MS-07, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese taikonaut Norishige Kanai are ready for takeoff for the second part of Expedition 54 to the International Space Station.

Howdy, Ya'll


Aboard the ISS, Expedition 54 crewmember and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai poses for a picture.

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