Crew: Expedition 50

Began Oct. 28, 2016; will transition to Expedition 51 on April 10, 2017

First Part

Transferred from Expedition 49

Shane Kimbrough, NASA
     Commander
Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos
     Flight Engineer
Andrei Borisenko, Roscosmos
     Flight Engineer

Launched: Oct. 19, 2016, aboard Soyuz MS-02.
Expected landing: April 10, 2017

Second Part

Docked Nov. 19, 2016

Peggy Whitson, NASA
     Flight Engineer
Oleg Novitskiy, Roscosmos
     Flight Engineer
Thomas Pesquet, ESA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: Nov. 17, 2016, aboard Soyuz MS-03
Expected landing: June 2, 2017

 
The full Expedition 50 crew. From left to right: Andrei Borisenko, Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, Thomas Pasquet, Peggy Whitson and Oleg Novitskiy. Photo Credit: NASA

The full Expedition 50 crew. From left to right: Andrei Borisenko, Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, Thomas Pasquet, Peggy Whitson and Oleg Novitskiy. Photo Credit: NASA


Currently docked and berthed spacecraft

Russian orbital segment

Zvezda aft

Unoccupied

 

Poisk zenith

Spacecraft: Soyuz MS-02
Arrival: Oct. 21, 2016
Planned departure: April 10, 2017

 

Pirs nadir

Spacecraft: Progress MS-05
Arrival: Feb. 24, 2017
Planned departure: June 13, 2017

 

Rassvet nadir

Spacecraft: Soyuz MS-03
Arrival: Nov. 19, 2016
Planned departure: May 15, 2017

 

US orbital segment

Unity nadir

Unoccupied

 

Harmony zenith

Unoccupied

 

Harmony nadir

Spacecraft: CRS-10 Dragon
Arrival: Feb. 23, 2017
Planned departure: March 21, 2017

 

Harmony forward

Unoccupied

 

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