International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (right) pose for pictures May 26 during a final qualification exam session. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch June 24 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station.

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Expedition 48-49 prime crewmembers Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (left), Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos (center) and Kate Rubins of NASA (right) field questions from reporters May 27 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Rubins, Onishi and Ivanishin will launch July 7 on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a four-month mission on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Stephanie Stoll
Dmitry Rogozin, left, meets with Roscosmos head Igor Komarov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in April 2015. Credit: Kremlin.ru
Caption: The international space station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation in 2008.

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A Russian Proton rocket carrying the mysterious Luch satellite launches Sept. 28, 2014 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Credit: Roscosmos.
A Russian Proton rocket carrying the mysterious Luch satellite launches Sept. 28, 2014 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Credit: Roscosmos.
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The RD-180 engine powers ULA's workhorse Atlas 5 rocket.  Credit: NASA
From left to right, Russia's Zvezda Service Module and Zarya FGB attached to the U.S. Unity module in 2000. Credit: NASA
Russian "Rokot" launch. Credit: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy prime minister of Russia who oversees the country’s space sector, listens to construction workers during a July 2 visit to Vostochny Cosmodrome. Credit: The Military-Industrial Commission of Russia
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, center, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui participate in the second day of qualification exams  May 7 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Expedition 44/45 trio is preparing for launch to the ISS in their Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft . Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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