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December 21, 2013
(2 Nov. 2011) --- Outside their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 30 prime and backup crews conducted the traditional flag-raising ceremony on Nov. 2, 2011. The crew members are preparing for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on Nov. 14. On the left, prime Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov and flight engineer Anatoly Ivanishin, both Russian cosmonauts, hoist the flag of the Russian Federation; in the center, Expedition 30 commander Dan Burbank of NASA and his backup, NASA's Joe Acaba (partially obscured) raise the U.S. flag; on the right, backup crew members -- cosmonauts Sergei Revin and Gennady Padalka raise the flag of Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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