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Expedition 31: Launch!



Running Time: 9 min 17 sec
File Size: 337 MB

Embarking on a four-month mission to utilize the International Space Station and conduct diverse research at the orbiting laboratory, a NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts rocketed off the planet aboard a Soyuz booster.

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Crew goes to launch pad



Running Time: 3 min 58 sec
File Size: 144 MB

The three-person crew departs Baikonur's Site 254 for the bus ride to the rocket launch pad at the cosmodrome to board their Soyuz TMA-04M capsule for blastoff to the International Space Station.

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Suiting up for launch



Running Time: 9 min 20 sec
File Size: 338 MB

NASA's Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin done their Sokol spacesuits during the final hours of the countdown to launch aboard the Soyuz rocket.

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At crew quarters



Running Time: 3 min 48 sec
File Size: 138 MB

International Space Station Expedition 31 crew members Joe Acaba, Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin sign the doors and then depart their crew quarters on launch morning.

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Post-rollout interviews



Running Time: 1 min 32 sec
File Size: 55 MB

Deputy chief NASA astronaut Eric Boe and deputy program manager for the International Space Station Kirk Shireman give their thoughts as the Soyuz rocket gets ready to launch Expedition 31.

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Going vertical on the pad



Running Time: 2 min 50 sec
File Size: 103 MB

The Soyuz rocket is erected onto its Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad for the final days of preparations before blastoff to the International Space Station.

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Rocket rolled to pad



Running Time: 7 min 37 sec
File Size: 278 MB

The Expedition 31 crew's Soyuz rocket is transported horizontally by railcar from its assembly building to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome for blastoff.

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Final assembly of Soyuz



Running Time: 5 min 26 sec
File Size: 197 MB

The emergency escape tower is bolted onto the Soyuz spacecraft as the upper section containing the capsule and mated third stage is attached to the rocket's core stage for launch.

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