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At the headquarters of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) in Moscow March 11, 2011, Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov (center right), Alexei Krasnov, Roscosmos’ Head of Piloted Space Programs, and Joel Montalbano, NASA Director of Human Spaceflight Programs, Russia, discuss the upcoming launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft with Expedition 27 prime crew members: Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev (far right), cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Ron Garan, along with backup crewmembers Anton Shklaperov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank. Samokutyaev, Borisenko and Garan are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on March 30 (Kazakhstan time). The occasion was a traditional “tea” with Perminov prior to the crew’s departure for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 17. Photo credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll

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