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Soyuz Docks in Outer Space
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts lifted off from southern Kazakhstan, en route to the orbiting science lab Easter Sunday.

Soyuz Docks

April 4: Image provided by NASA shows the view from an external camera aboard the Soyuz 'TMA-18' capsule as it approaches the International Space Station. The docking port on the space station can be seen to the lower right of the cross hair.

(NASA/AP)

Soyuz Blasts Off

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft carrying a new crew to the international space station (ISS) blasts off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, Friday, April 2, 2010. The Russian rocket is carrying U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft carrying a new crew to the international space station (ISS) blasts off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, Friday, April 2, 2010. The Russian rocket is carrying U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Soyuz_Launch

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft carrying a new crew to the international space station (ISS) blasts off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, Friday, April 2, 2010. The Russian rocket is carrying U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

TMA-18 Rolls to Launch Pad

The Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 23 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Russia, Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of Russia, and NASA Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2010.

(NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Crowds at Launch Pad

March 31: The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship that will carry new crew to the international space station is transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhsta. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Massive Engines

March 31: The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship that will carry new crew to the international space station is transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrom. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Transportation Time

March 31: The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship that will carry new crew to the international space station is transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Guarding the Soyuz

March 31: A Russian police officer guards the Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship, that will carry new crew to the international space station, getting transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Going Vertical

March 31: The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship is raised into the vertical position at the launch pad of the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Rolling to Launch Pad

March 31: The Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 23 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Russia, Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of Russia and NASA Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2010 at 10:04 a.m. Kazakhstan time.

(NASA/Carla Cioffi)

Rolling to Launch Pad

March 31: The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship that will carry new crew to the international space station is transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Launch Pad at Dawn

March 31: The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship that will carry new crew to the international space station is transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Rolling to Launch Pad

March 31: The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 space ship that will carry a new crew to the international space station is transported from a hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz mission, crewed by U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko , is set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Standing Guard

March 31: A Russian security officer stands guard as the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 23 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Russia, Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of Russia, and NASA Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2010 at 10:04 a.m. Kazakhstan time.

(NASA, Bill Ingalls)

Pad Techs Secure Soyuz

March 31: Pad technicians secure the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft shortly after it was rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 23 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Russia, Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of Russia, and NASA Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2010 at 10:04 a.m. Kazakhstan time.

(NASA, Bill Ingalls)

Sun Rise Over Launch Pad

March 31: The sun rises over the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Start of the new Soyuz mission with U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko are set to blast off for the international space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2, 2010.

(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Soyuz Docks in Outer Space

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts lifted off from southern Kazakhstan, en route to the orbiting science lab Easter Sunday.

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