The International Space Station: Expedition 34/35….40 photos

Back in November, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) began Expedition 34 (click link for additional photos) and entered into the 13th year of its continuous human habitation. Some of the research goals for Expedition 34 included investigations into the human cardiovascular system in microgravity, the gravity sensing systems of fish, and the impact of changes in the sun’s electromagnetic radiation on Earth’s climate. The crew of six astronauts from the United States, Russia, and Canada also took hundreds of photographs of life aboard the ISS and the spectacular views from orbit

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A photograph taken by a member of Expedition 34, aboard the International Space Station, looking down on the Bahamas from orbit, on January 13, 2013 (NASA)

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A specialist sits next to inflated space suits prepared for the ISS prime and back-up crew members during a training at Baikonur Cosmodrome, on December 7, 2012. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn were scheduled to fly to the International Space Station on December 19.

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Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield strums his guitar in the ISS’s Cupola on December 25, 2012. Hadfield, a long-time member of an astronaut band called Max Q, later joined with the other five Expedition 34 crew members in a more spacious location to provide an assortment of Christmas carols for the public.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule, lifts off from the Cape Canveral Air Force Station on a second resupply mission to the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 1, 2013.

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An unpiloted ISS Progress resupply vehicle approaches the ISS, carrying 1,764 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air, 926 pounds of water and 3,000 pounds of spare parts, experiment hardware and logistics equipment — 2.9 tons of supplies in all — for the Expedition 34 crew members. Progress 50 docked to the station’s Pirs docking compartment on February 11, 2013.

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A Soyuz rocket is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 17, 2012. Launch of the Soyuz rocket sent Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko and Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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