European Space Agency (ESA) Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano gestures at relatives on May 28, 2013 during a sending-off ceremony at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. The launch of the Soyuz TMA-09M with the international crew aboard is scheduled early on May 29. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)