Photos: Soyuz Blessing & Final Crew Media Conference

On the eve of their launch to the International Space Station, Soyuz MS-01 crew members Anatoli Ivanishin, Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins were formally approved for flight by the Russian State Commission and participated in a last pre-launch media briefing. Their ride to space, a 49.5-meter tall Soyuz FG rocket received its traditional pre-flight blessing on Wednesday.

All Photos: NASA/Bill Ingalls