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Expedition 42/43 prime crew members Terry Virts of NASA, Roscosmos commander Anton Shkaplerov, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, and backup crew members Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Roscosmos commander Oleg Kononenko, Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, during the press conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 22 November, 2014. The launch of the Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on 23 November at 21:01 GMT (22:01 CET). Samantha was assigned to the Futura mission more than two years ago and has travelled the world training on all the elements of the most complex machine ever built: the International Space Station. She learnt how to control the Station’s robotic arms, how to handle any emergency and how to perform all the scientific experiments she will run for the scientists on Earth.