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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 as they prepare for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft to the International Space Station 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, cosmonauts Sergei Revin and Gennady Padalka of the backup crew raise the flag of Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

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