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Expedition 31 NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin pose for photos before their final qualification test in preparation for flight, April 24, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are set to launch to the International Space Station May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

Cosmonaut Aleksey A. Leonov (left) and astronaut Thomas P. Stafford take part in Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP)joint crew training at the Cosmonaut Training Center (Star City) near Moscow. They are inside a Soviet Soyuz orbital module trainer. The two men were the commanders of their respective ASTP prime crews. ASTP was a cooperative space mission between the United States and the USSR.

An interior view of the orbital module of a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft mock-up, located at the Cosmonaut Training Center (Star City) near Moscow. This view shows a Soviet test engineer drinking from a water dispenser. The orbital module is one of three major components of the Soyuz spacecraft. The other two components are the descent vehicle and the instrument assembly module.

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko report to senior officials before their second day of qualification exams at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on March 4.


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Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos and NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly pose outside a Soyuz simulator during the second day of qualification exams at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia on March 5, 2015.

Touchdown! Soyuz Lands with Expedition 31 Crew. A Soyuz TMA-03M space capsule makes a pinpoint landing on July 1, 2012, to return three members of the Expedition 31 astronaut crew home from the International Space Station. The capsule landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tucked the newly arrived Dragon cargo capsule into a berthing port on the Harmony connecting node just after noon on Friday, capping a key test flight for NASA’s new commercial space initiative.

Aug. 25, 2012 -- Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon and spaceflight legend, has died at the age of 82. A statement said that Armstrong was a "reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati."

Soyuz TMA-22 capsule with Expedition 30 aboard lands in a remote area outside the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan, on April 27. US astronaut Dan Burbank, Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, landed today safely in the Kazakh steppe aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after a stay of over five months aboard the International Space Station.

Space Exploration Technologies, the first company aiming to reach the International Space Station, got off to a rocking start early Tuesday with the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Space Shuttle Enterprise rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over New York April 27, 2012. The Space Shuttle Enterprise officially arrived in New York to be placed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum,

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SpaceX aborts launch to International Space Station after technical problems

A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained on the ground Saturday after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight. All nine engines for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life Saturday morning. But with a half-second remaining to liftoff, the onboard computers automatically shut everything down. So instead of blasting off on a delivery mission to the space station, the rocket stayed on its launch pad amid a plume of engine…

King Juan Carlos I is the current ruler of Spain. He was born on January 5, 1938 in Rome. His grandfather, Alphonso XIII, had given up the throne of Spain and moved the entire Royal family to Rome. In 1948 Juan Carlos returned to Spain to begin his education. In 1969 he was designated to be the next Head of State. On November 22, 1975, he was proclaimed King of Spain. In his first speech to the people of Spain he told them that he wished to restore democracy.

Five presidents, five first ladies at the April 25, 2013, dedicationof the George W. Bush Presidential Center. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)