NASA Astronaut John Phillips blows a kiss goodbye to his family as the Expedition 11 crew boards the bus to that will took them to the launch pad, Friday, April 15, 2005, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev, Phillips and European Space Agency Astronaut Roberto Vittori of Italy launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-6 spacecraft for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. Krikalev and Phillips will spend six months on the Station, replacing Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, while Vittori will spend eight days on the Station under a commercial contract between ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, returning to Earth with Chiao and Sharipov on April 25. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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  • Title: Expedition 11 Launch Day
  • Creator: Bill Ingalls
  • Date Created: 2005-04-15
  • Location: Baikonur, Kazakhstan
  • Rights: HQ
  • Album: cshenton