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Member of the next expedition to the International Space Station, Russian cosmonaut Genady Padalka, sits inside a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft during the final preflight practical examination at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Member of the next expedition to the International Space Station, Russian cosmonaut Genady Padalka, sits inside a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft during the final preflight practical examination at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, US astronaut Joseph Acaba, left, and Russian cosmonauts Genady Padalka, center, and Sergey Revin, right, shake hands before their final preflight practical examination in Star City outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, US astronaut Joseph Acaba, left, and Russian cosmonauts Genady Padalka, center, and Sergey Revin, right, shake hands before their final preflight practical examination in Star City outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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Crew members of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), US astronaut Joseph Acaba (L) with Russian cosmonauts, Gennady Padalka (C) and Sergei Revin (R), arive for their final preflight practical training at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia. The launch of the space crew to ISS is scheduled on May 15, 2012. AFP/ Kirill Kudryavtsev

Crew members of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), US astronaut Joseph Acaba (L) with Russian cosmonauts, Gennady Padalka (C) and Sergei Revin (R), arive for their final preflight practical training at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia. The launch of the space crew to ISS is scheduled on May 15, 2012. AFP/ Kirill Kudryavtsev

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A crew member of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka prepares for his final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia, on April 24, 2012. The launch of the space crew to ISS is scheduled on May 15, 2012. AFP/ Kirill Kudryavtsev

A crew member of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka prepares for his final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia, on April 24, 2012. The launch of the space crew to ISS is scheduled on May 15, 2012. AFP/ Kirill Kudryavtsev

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Crew members of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), US astronaut Joseph Acaba (R) with Russian cosmonauts, Gennady Padalka (L) and Sergei Revin (C), confer in front of a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft during their final preflight practical examination at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow. AFP/ Kirill Kudryavtsev

Crew members of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), US astronaut Joseph Acaba (R) with Russian cosmonauts, Gennady Padalka (L) and Sergei Revin (C), confer in front of a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft during their final preflight practical examination at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow. AFP/ Kirill Kudryavtsev

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Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, US astronaut Joseph Acaba, left, and Russian cosmonauts Genady Padalka, center, and Sergey Revin, right, stand together before their final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, US astronaut Joseph Acaba, left, and Russian cosmonauts Genady Padalka, center, and Sergey Revin, right, stand together before their final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, US astronaut Joseph Acaba, left, and Russian cosmonauts Genady Padalka, center, and Sergey Revin, right, shake hands before their final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, US astronaut Joseph Acaba, left, and Russian cosmonauts Genady Padalka, center, and Sergey Revin, right, shake hands before their final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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