JSC2002-E-03636 (30 January 2002) --- Backup Soyuz 4 Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, a Russian cosmonaut representing the Russian Aviaition and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos), listens to a briefing on communications systems in the Space Station Training Facility (SSTF) at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) as part of a week-long tour of the Houston space center.
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JSC2002-E-03628 (30 January 2002) --- Soyuz 4 Flight Participant Mark Shuttleworth (second right), a South African businessman flying to the International Space Station (ISS) under a private commercial agreement with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos), interfaces with communications systems during a familiarization tour of the Space Station Training Facility at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Others pictured, from the left, are backup Soyuz 4 Commander Gennady Padalka, a Russian cosmonaut; Chris Benson, a United Space Alliance (USA) crew trainer; and backup Soyuz 4 Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, a Russian cosmonaut. The Soyuz 4 crew has toured several other JSC facilities this week, with yet others scheduled. The crew members will launch in late April from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, to deliver a fresh Soyuz spacecraft to the station for use as a lifeboat. After spending about a week aboard the outpost, they will return to Earth aboard the Soyuz spacecraft now attached to the station.
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