At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 33 crew is preparing for launch and share a playful moment during the first of two so-called “fit check” dress rehearsal sessions, on Oct. 10, 2012. Image credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov
Expedition 33 crew hoists their Russian Sokol launch-and-entry suits over their heads as they prepare for the scheduled Oct. 23 launch in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The crew will begin a five-month mission on the International Space Station.
From left to right are Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA Flight Engineer Kevin Ford.