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Knaur 06-06-2011 06:03 PM

Soyuz Readied for Launch to ISS

Knaur 12-17-2015 07:27 AM

Tim Peake - British Astronaut Prepares For Lift-Off
Astronaut Tim Peake will tomorrow become the first Briton to undertake a mission on the International Space Station. The 43-year-old will launch from a base in Kazakhstan alongside two other NASA astronauts for their six-month operation. He was chosen to join the European Astronaut Corps in 2008, and has undergone rigorous and grueling training to get ready for his mission. These pictures show some of the preparations for lift-off.

Knaur 12-17-2015 07:32 AM

Ready For Lift-Off
The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft stands ready for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Launch pad in Kazakhstan. (ESA)

Full Crew
The crew of the Principia mission stand in front of the rocket that will carry them to the International Space Station. (ESA)

Rocket Blessing
A Russian Orthodox Priest performs a blessing during a service at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (PA)

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is moved into vertical position before launch. (ESA)

Survival Training
Tim Peake takes part in a water survival training session near Star City in Russia. When a Soyuz spacecraft returns to Earth there is always the possibility that it could land in water. (ESA)

Water Landing
Astronaut Tim Peake completes a water survival training course before his mission to the International Space Station. (ESA)

At NASA’s training facility in Houston, Texas, Time Peake completes a spacewalking training session. (ESA)

Give Me Shelter
Three astronauts take part in a winter survival course in preparation for the possibility their rocket lands in a cold, remote area. (ESA)

Ready To Launch
Tim Peake tests his Sokol pressure suit and Soyuz spacecraft seat, in preparation for his launch. In the run-up to launch astronauts test their tailor-made seats and pressure suits to ensure a snug fit. (ESA)

Space Simulator
Astronaut Timothy Peake trains inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia. (ESA)

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