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The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers during a ceremonial tour of historic landmarks in Baikonur Kazakhstan.

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The Expedition 30 backup crewmembers pose for pictures Dec. 11, 2011 in front of a statue of Sergei Korolev, the Russian Great Designer and driving force behind the launch of Yuri Gagarin to become the first human in space 50 years ago, during a ceremonial tour of historic landmarks in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. From left to right are backup Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, backup Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and backup NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams. The prime crewmembers, NASA’s Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.

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