From L: US astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake pose in front of Russian Souyz space vehicle simulator during a preflight training session at the Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow
The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is launched on Thursday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Expedition 38 Soyuz commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, flight engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and flight engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are on board.
US astronaut Michael Hopkins, left, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, centre, and Sergey Ryazanskiy put on spacesuits before a training session at the Star City space centre outside Moscow. Mr Hopkins, Mr Kotov and Mr Ryazanskiy are scheduled to be part of a mission to the International Space Station that will launch in September 2013.