The voyage to the launch site Baikonur in Kazachstan is an experience in its own right. The prime crew and backup crew travel in separate planes. We do everything separately, if something were to happen to us, the backup crew needs to be able to climb into the Sojuz. Strangely, both crews did get into the same lift at Roscosmos. At the military airbase in Star City we needed to go through passport control just as everyone else. The rules are no different for cosmonauts. The plane was equipped with tables and sofas. It looks more like a cosy living room than a plane. The table was laid with delicous food and a lot of it. The food was probably left over from the traditional cosmonaut breakfast. That event was very ceremonial and the food stayed mainly untouched.
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