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Soyuz TMA-20 crew leaving the Cosmonaut Hotel
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- Title Soyuz TMA-20 crew leaving the Cosmonaut Hotel
- Released 15/12/2010 3:04 pm
- Copyright ESA - S. Corvaja, 2010
ESA's astronaut Paolo Nespoli and his crewmates leaving the Cosmonaut Hotel at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on 15 December 2010, after signing the door of the room they occupied and after being blessed by Russian Orthodox priest.
Paolo Nespoli was launched in a Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft on 15 December at 20:09 CET with Dmitri Kondratyev and Catherine Coleman for a challenging 6-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expeditions 26/27.
Paolo’s MagISStra mission is Europe’s third long-duration mission on the ISS. Between December 2010 and June 2011 he will be part of the ISS crew as a flight engineer.