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Spiritual preparations

An Orthodox priest blesses a worker on Oct. 22 near the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

 

The Soyuz rocket is heading to the International Space Station, where a 5-month mission will begin for Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos.

 

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Faith and science

An Orthodox priest blesses members of the media with holy water and an embellished cross on Oct. 22 while standing in front of the Soyuz rocket.

 

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Blast off

The Soyuz rocket containing Expedition 33/34 crew members — Novitskiy, Ford and Tarelkin — launches on Oct. 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

 

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