The Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying the crew of Peggy Whitson of the U.S., Oleg Novitskiy of Russia and Thomas Pesquet of France blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
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The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the crew of Shane Kimbrough of the U.S., Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Photo Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
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An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing in front of the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft set on the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Photo Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
An aerial view of the Balkhash lake in Kazakhstan, the Balkhash lake is one of the largest lakes in Asia and the 15th largest in the world
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens and a long exposure, the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The ship carries a new crew to the International Space Station
Russian Soyuz TMA-20M rocket booster is moved for installation at the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew is set to take off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station on Saturday
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Ground personnel help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. to get off the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.
Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members prepares to land in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra
British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), waves to his children from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A member of the honour guard adjusts his hat as Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev welcomes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Akorda presidential residence in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday
A woman with a pram walks past a street art installation in Astana, Kazakhstan.
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A Kazakh berkutchi (eagle hunter) holds his bird during celebrations marking the 550th anniversary of Kazakh statehood in central Astana
Kazakh women wearing traditional costumes play on a swing during celebrations marking the 550th anniversary of Kazakh statehood in central Astana
The Soyuz TMA-17M rocket blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on Thursday, carrying members of the expedition 44/45 NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko to the International Space Station (ISS).
Ground personnel help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Anton Shkaplerov of Russia out of the Soyuz TMA-15M shortly after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday
The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of Nasa, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The crew are returning after almost six months on board the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42.
An Orthodox priest immerses a cross in the Bolshaya Almatinka river to bless its water during an Epiphany ceremony in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Orthodox believers abiding by the Julian calendar mark Epiphany on Monday by immersing themselves in icy waters regardless of the weather.
Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz TMA 14 M blast off from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan carrying members of the mission Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev, Elena Serova and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore to the International Space Station.