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Traditionally, the crews left for Baikonur by different planes for safety reasons. One of the planes carries the primary crew - cosmonauts of Roscosmos (Federal Space Agency) Alexander Skvortsov, Oleg Artemyev, as well as NASA astronaut Steve Swanson. The other Baikonur-bound plane is carrying backup pilots - Alexander Samokutyayev, Yelena Serova, and Barry Wilmore.
Prior to departure, the space crews met with journalists in the Zvyozdny Gorodok (Star City), and had a photo picture taken near the monument to Yuri Gagarin.
At Baikonur, the crews will go ahead with getting ready for the forthcoming orbital mission and inspect the spacesuits and a spaceship. The launch of the manned transport spaceship "Soyuz TMA-12M" is scheduled for March 26.