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The Soyuz MS-04 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan April 20, 2017, carrying Fyodor Yurchikhin, the Expedition 51 Soyuz commander of Roscosmos, and Col. Jack Fischer, the Expedition 51 NASA flight engineer, into orbit to begin their four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. (NASA photo/Aubrey Gemignani) Astronaut Airman launched to International Space Station
On April 20, 2017, Col. Jack D. Fischer became the most recent American Airman to travel to space in support of the International Space Station mission. He was joined in flight by Fyodor Yurchikin, a Russian cosmonaut.
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Six American and international astronauts work together to overcome an obstacle at the Project X leadership reaction course March 4, 2014, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The training opportunity was provided by the Academy of Military Sciences and coordinated with the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston to give the astronauts a unique and challenging training opportunity with different scenarios and ways of meeting core leadership training requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gregory Brook)
 Astronauts train at Maxwell AFB
To prepare for the rigors and dangers of space travel, astronauts attend different training scenarios at facilities all over the world. One Air Force facility at Maxwell Air Force Base was repurposed to suit the astronauts needs.
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