Expedition 47 is Ready to Launch

If you follow NASA HQ PHOTO or NASA Johnson then your feed has been full of photos documenting the preparations for the Expedition 47 manned mission to the International Space Station. Today is finally the day for launch, and within the hour a Soyuz rocket will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying crew members Jeff Williams, Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka on their way to the ISS.

While you wait for the launch, take a look at some of the photos from the last few weeks here on Flickr.

Expedition 47 Soyuz Blessing (NHQ201603170003)
Exp 47 Soyuz Raising (NHQ201603160025)
Exp 47 Soyuz Raising (NHQ201603160022)
Exp 47 Soyuz Rollout (NHQ201603160013)
Exp 47 Soyuz Rollout (NHQ201603160010)
Exp 47 Soyuz Rollout (NHQ201603160008)
Exp 47 Soyuz Rollout (NHQ201603160006)
Exp 47 Soyuz Rollout (NHQ201603160002)
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Browse even more photos in the full gallery below.

Expedition 47 Soyuz Blessing (NHQ201603170004)