ESA - STEPHANE CORVAJA, 2015 / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ESA - STEPHANE CORVAJA, 2015 / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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ISS Expedition 46 crew waving at the launch pad, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. At front is British astronaut Timothy Peake (born 1972), the first British citizen to be chosen as an astronaut by the European Space Agency (ESA). Behind him is American NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra (born 1963), and at the back is Russian cosmonaut and mission commander Yuri Malenchenko (born 1961). The crew launched in Soyuz TMA-19M on the 15th August 2015 and successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). They will stay on the ISS until May 2016 undertaking experiments on changes to the human body in space, and the survival of microorganisms in space, amongst others.
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