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Expedition crewmember Samantha Cristoforetti walks to a Soyuz simulator to begin two days of final qualification exams.

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At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 40/41 backup crewmember Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (foreground) walks to a Soyuz simulator May 6 along with Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, second from the right) to begin two days of final qualification exams. Cristoforetti, Shkaplerov and Terry Virts of NASA are serving as backups to the prime crewmembers --- Reid Wiseman of NASA, Max Suraev of Roscosmos and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, who are preparing for launch on May 29, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 5 ½ month mission on the
International Space Station.

NASA/Stephanie Stoll

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