Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA, left, receives the traditional blessing from a Russian Orthodox priest at the Cosmonaut Hotel before launch to the International Space Station December 19, 2012 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of a Soyuz rocket will send Marshburn, Roman Romanenko of Russia and Chris Hadfield of Canada on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA, left, receives the traditional blessing from a Russian Orthodox priest at the Cosmonaut Hotel before launch to the International Space Station December 19, 2012 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of a Soyuz rocket will send Marshburn, Roman Romanenko of Russia and Chris Hadfield of Canada on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.
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Location: Baikonur,Kazakhstan