BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 21: In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), ESA Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and ESA astronaut André Kuipers... more 
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - DECEMBER 21: In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), ESA Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and ESA astronaut André Kuipers wave goodbye to the crowd gathered at the foot of the Soyuz launch pad stairs before taking the elevator to the top of the Soyuz rocket on December 21, 2011 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is due to launch today from Baikonur Cosmodrome, ahead of a five month expedition to the International Space Station. (Photo by Stephane Corvaja/ESA via Getty Images) less 
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