Expedition 52

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Began June 2, 2017; transitioned to Expedition 53 on Sept. 2, 2017

First Part

Transferred from Expedition 51

Fyodor Yurchikhin, Roscosmos
     Commander
Jack Fischer, NASA
     Flight Engineer
Peggy Whitson*, NASA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: April 20, 2017, aboard Soyuz MS-04
Landed: Sept. 3, 2017

Second Part

Docked July 28, 2017

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

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

* Whitson was given a three-month extension mid-flight. She flew into space Nov. 17, 2016, aboard Soyuz MS-03 and landed with the Soyuz MS-04 crew on Sept. 3, 2017.


— Statistics —

Max. crew size: 6
Started: June 2, 2017
Ended: Sept. 2, 2017
Duration: 93 days
Orbits of Earth: ~1,500

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Spacecraft: Soyuz-MS-04, Soyuz MS-05

Experiments conducted: ~150
Spacewalks: 1
Total spacewalk time: 7 hours, 34 minutes
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 3
Visiting vehicle departures: 3

 A view of the umbra of the total solar eclipse that passed over a large swath of the United States on Aug. 21, 2017. While the ISS orbited above, it crossed the shadow of the Moon three times as it orbited some 400 kilometers above the continental U.S. Credit: NASA

A view of the umbra of the total solar eclipse that passed over a large swath of the United States on Aug. 21, 2017. While the ISS orbited above, it crossed the shadow of the Moon three times as it orbited some 400 kilometers above the continental U.S. Credit: NASA


— Mission Summary —

Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazansky; NASA astronauts Jack Fischer Peggy Whitson and Randy Bresnik; and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli spent the three-month increment performing studies over more efficient solar arrays, the physics of neutron stars and new drugs that could potentially fight osteoporosis. One spacewalk was performed and three cargo ships supplied the outpost during that time period.


— Major Events —

Soyuz MS-03 undocks, Expedition 52 begins

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OA-7 Cygnus departs

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CRS-11 Dragon 

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Progress MS-06 arrival

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Soyuz MS-05 brings 3 fresh crew members

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CRS-12 Dragon

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Russian EVA-43

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2017 Solar Eclipse

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Soyuz MS-04 returns to Earth, ending Expedition 52

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— News —

Derek Richardson

I am a space geek who loves to write about space.

My passion for space ignited when I watched space shuttle Discovery leap to space on October 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, I soon realized that my true calling was communicating to others about space exploration and spreading that passion.

Currently, I am a senior at Washburn University studying Mass Media with an emphasis in contemporary journalism. In addition to running Orbital Velocity, I write for the Washburn Review and am the Managing Editor for SpaceFlight Insider.