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Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz simulator as they participated in qualification exam simulations.

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At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 38/39 backup crewmembers Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (left), Soyuz Commander Max Suraev (center) and NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (right) pose for pictures in front of a Soyuz simulator Oct. 18, 2013 as they participated in qualification exam simulations. They are backing up the prime crewmembers, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who are scheduled to launch on Nov. 7, local time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

NASA/Stephanie Stoll

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