International Space Station

April 12 we celebrated the 49th anniversary of the first manned flight into space, Yuri Gagarin, who made in 1961. Today in Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station are 13 people. Several of them were already aboard the station, when on April 2 spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-18" brought a new team from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Later they were joined by the crew of the space shuttle «Discovery» during its 131st mission (the shuttle just three scheduled flight). NASA recently signed a new agreement with Russia for another six missions to the International Space Station and back to 55, 8 million per seat. Collected here are photos of the Space Station, its current team, their aircraft, as well as beautiful views from space.

Space Shuttle «Discovery» sent into space after the launch of the platform 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:21 am on April 5. The crew of seven people to deliver to the multi-purpose logistics module station "Leonardo", full of provisions, new sleeping quarters for the crew and new shelves for laboratories ISS. The team will also disable the gyro on a farm station, install a spare ammonia storage tank and take the Japanese equipment. (NASA / Tony Gray and Tom Farrar)

Spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-18" leaves the hangar on the platform at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 31 March. "Union" was preparing for a new mission to the International Space Station on 2 April. (REUTERS / Sergei Karpukhin)

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin involved in training in Star City space center outside Moscow on April 1st. Jurchihin must fly to the International Space Station aboard the "Soyuz TMA-19." (REUTERS / Sergei Remezov)


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