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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Expedition 31 Crew to Launch May 15, 2012

Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, along with Expedition 31 backup crewmembers Kevin Ford, Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy, fielded questions from the media at their training base at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow on April 25 ,2012.

The crew later participated in traditional ceremonies also at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, including a visit to the Yuri Gagarin museum where Padalka signed a traditional cosmonauts' log, and the laying of flowers at a statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The events were part of traditional activities conducted in advance of the launch of Padalka, Acaba and Revin to the International Space Station on May 15, 2012 aboard Soyuz TMA-04M. Upon docking with the ISS, they will join Expedition 31 Commander Oleg Kononenko, André Kuipers, and Don Pettit.

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