Space Station 20th: Expedition 1 Crew Launches to the International Space Station

Expedition 1 Russian cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev of Roscosmos, top, NASA astronaut William M. Shepherd, middle, and Russian cosmonaut Yuri P. Gidzenko, bottom, wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz TM31 spacecraft for launch, on October 31, 2000, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Their launch on October 31, 2000, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan began 20 years and counting of permanent human presence in low-Earth orbit. Two days later, they docked with the International Space Station (ISS) to begin uninterrupted operations, leading to establishing the world-class laboratory in space. NASA Photo by Bill Ingalls/UPI

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