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Training for a space mission is no joke. Those lucky enough to make it to the International Space Station are basically on their own and must be prepared for all situations. Every part of living on the ISS is practiced on earth in specialized training facilities to ensure that nothing goes wrong, but if something does, the astronauts are prepared to deal with it. Expedition 43 is, as you may have guessed, the 43rd expedition to the ISS. A crew of six will begin in March of this year and three more crew members will join the originals in a little later in the month. Several of the crew members are doing a year long stint and will remain on the ISS until March 2016.

 

 

 Pictured from the right are NASA astronaut Terry Virts, commander; along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, all flight engineers. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Stafford

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Expedition 42/43 flight engineer, gets help with final touches on a training version of her Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit in preparation for a spacewalk training session in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Photo credit: NASA

A fisheye lens attached to an electronic still camera was used to capture this image of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Expedition 43/44 flight engineer and Expedition 45/46 commander, attired in a training version of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit, as he is submerged in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Divers are in the water to assist Kelly in his rehearsal, which is intended to help prepare him for possible work on the exterior of the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Expedition 43/44 flight engineer and Expedition 45/46 commander, participates in an emergency scenario training session in an International Space Station mock-up/trainer in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Photo credit: NASA/James Blair

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (center), Expedition 43/44 flight engineer and Expedition 45/46 commander; and NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Expedition 42 flight engineer and Expedition 43 commander, participate in an extravehicular activity (EVA) maintenance training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Crew instructor Sandra Moore assists Kelly and Virts. Photo credit: NASA/James Blair

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, Expedition 43 flight engineer and Expedition 44 commander, participates in an extravehicular activity (EVA) camera training session at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Photo credit: NASA/James Blair

 

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