Crew: Expedition 53

Began Sept. 2, 2017; will transition to Expedition 54 on Dec. 14, 2017

First Part

Transferred from Expedition 52

Randy Bresnik, NASA
     Commander
Sergey Ryazansky, Roscosmos
     Flight Engineer
Paolo Nespoli, ESA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: July 28, 2017, aboard Soyuz MS-05
Expected landing: Dec. 14, 2017

 

Second Part

Docked Sept. 13, 2017

Alexander Misurkin, Roscosmos
     Flight Engineer
Mark Vande Hei, NASA
     Flight Engineer
Joe Acaba, NASA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: Sept. 12, 2017, aboard Soyuz MS-06
Expected landing: Feb. 27, 2018

 
The Expedition 53 crew. From left to right: Joe Acaba, Alexander Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei, Sergey Ryazansky, Randy Bresnik, and Paolo Nespoli. Photo Credit: NASA

The Expedition 53 crew. From left to right: Joe Acaba, Alexander Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei, Sergey Ryazansky, Randy Bresnik, and Paolo Nespoli. Photo Credit: NASA


Currently docked and berthed spacecraft

Russian orbital segment

Zvezda aft

Spacecraft: Progress MS-06
Arrival: June 16, 2017
Planned departure: Dec. 7, 2017

 

Poisk zenith

Spacecraft: Soyuz MS-06
Arrival: Sept. 13, 2017
Planned departure: Feb. 27, 2018

 

Pirs nadir

Spacecraft: Progress MS-07
Arrival: Oct. 16, 2017
Planned departure: June 2018

 

Rassvet nadir

Spacecraft: Soyuz MS-05
Arrival: July 28, 2017
Planned departure: Dec. 14, 2017

 

US orbital segment

Unity nadir

Spacecraft: OA-8 Cygnus
Arrival: Nov. 14, 2017
Planned departure: Dec. 4, 2017

 

Harmony zenith

Unoccupied

 

Harmony nadir

Unoccupied

 

Harmony forward

Unoccupied

 

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