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The Expedition 50 prime and backup crewmembers pose for photos during their traditional ceremony.

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Under leaden skies outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 50 prime and backup crewmembers pose for photos Nov. 3 during their traditional flag-raising ceremony. From left to right are prime crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA, Oleg Novistkiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and backup crewmembers Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA. Whitson, Novitskiy and Pesquet will launch Nov. 18, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

NASA/Alexander Vysotsky

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