Expedition 32/33 Crew Departs for Kazakh Launch Site
Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency participated in traditional ceremonies at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow on July 2. Afterward, they departed for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to complete training for their launch to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft on July 15. After arriving in Baikonur, they were scheduled to conduct a series of prelaunch activities over the next two weeks as they prepare for liftoff to the orbital outpost.
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