Stock Photo - At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 22 prime and backup crews attend ceremonies for the raising of American, Russian, Japanese and Kazakh flags Dec. 11, 2009 as they prepare for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft. Liftoff to the International Space Station is scheduled for Dec. 21. From left to right are the prime crew, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer, flight engineer; cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Soyuz commander; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, flight engineer; along with their backups, NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furakawa. Creamer, Kotov and Noguchi will spend six months on the station, joining NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams, Expedition 22 commander, and Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev, Expedition 22 flight engineer, who have been aboard since October.Victor Zelentsov

Stock Photo: At their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Expedition 22 prime and backup crews attend ceremonies for the raising of American, Russian.

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