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Mission to... the woods? Astronauts practice survival after a 'crash landing'

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International Space Station expedition 40/41 crew members, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman (right) of the United States, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (center) and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (left) of Germany, practice in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia, on Jan. 23, 2013.

A group of astronauts set out on a camping trip in a snowbound forest outside Moscow on Wednesday, as they took part in a training exercise to practice survival techniques in case of a crash landing. 

The team of three — an American, a Russian and a German — are preparing for a mission to the International Space Station in May 2014.

-- Reuters, European Pressphoto Agency 

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Maxim Suraev (left) and Reid Wiseman gather wood to build a shelter.

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(From left) Maxim Suraev, Gregory Wiseman and Alexander Gerst stand by their shelter.

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(From left) Maxim Suraev, Alexander Gerst and Gregory Wiseman try to keep warm.

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