Began June 2, 2017; transitioned to Expedition 53 on Sept. 2, 2017
Transferred from Expedition 51
Fyodor Yurchikhin, Roscosmos
Jack Fischer, NASA
| Flight Engineer
Peggy Whitson*, NASA
| Flight Engineer
Launched: April 20, 2017, aboard Soyuz MS-04
Landed: Sept. 3, 2017
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
Total spacewalk time: 7 hours, 34 minutes
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 3
Visiting vehicle departures: 3
— 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
OA-7 Cygnus departs
Progress MS-06 arrival
Soyuz MS-05 brings 3 fresh crew members
2017 Solar Eclipse
Soyuz MS-04 returns to Earth, ending Expedition 52
— News —
Blazing through Earth’s atmosphere and coming to a parachute assisted touchdown in Kazakhstan, three International Space Station crew members returned home in their Soyuz MS-04 capsule. The landing took place at 9:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 (7:21 a.m. local time / 01:21 GMT Sept. 3), 2017.
Three members of Expedition 52 returned to Earth inside their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. The landing took at 9:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 (7:21 a.m. Kazakh Time / 01:21 GMT Sept. 3), 2017, in Kazakhstan. Returning were NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, as well as Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. The latter two have been in space since April 2017, while Whitson has been living aboard the outpost since November 2016 – nearly 10 months.
One of the external payloads that rode uphill with SpaceX's CRS-12 Dragon spacecraft was the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Investigation, or CREAM (sometimes referred to as ISS-CREAM). This instrument, which is designed to look for the origins of cosmic rays, has now been attached to the exposed facility on the Japanese Kibo module.
On Aug. 21, 2017, millions of Americans witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross North America from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts in 99 years. While much of the country experienced cloudy conditions, there were six people who saw the Moon's umbra from above the weather -- in space: The crew of the International Space Station.
The two cosmonauts on board the International Space Station donned spacesuits and stepped outside the outpost for the 43rd Russian segment-based extravehicular activity. The Aug. 17, 2017, spacewalk lasted more than an hour longer than planned for a total duration of 7 hours, 34 minutes.
Some 36 hours after leaving Kennedy Space Center atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon capsule rendezvoused with and was berthed to the International Space Station. The cargo spacecraft is carrying more than 2,900 kilograms of supplies and science experiments.
Once the capsule was within about 10 meters beneath the Destiny laboratory module, Expedition 52 crew members Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency and Jack Fischer of NASA used the robotic Canadarm2 to pluck the spacecraft from space.
SpaceX sent its final new first-generation Dragon capsule into space Aug 14, 2017. Launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket, the CRS-12 Dragon cargo ship was sent on its way toward the International Space Station.
The spacecraft is loaded with over 2,900 kilograms of equipment, science experiments and food to the orbiting laboratory. It will spend 36 hours fine-tuning its orbit before rendezvousing to and berthing with the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.
The International Space Station got its orbit reboosted on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The slight raising of its orbit set up the next crew swap planned for the beginning of September.
Recently arrived Progress MS-06 used its onboard engines to increase the speed of the outpost, thus raising its orbit. The spacecraft is currently docked to the Zvezda service module located at the aft end of the station.
Just days after arriving at the ISS, NASA astronaut and Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Randy Bresnik got to visit the usually sealed-off BEAM module.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is a technology demonstrator designed to test the effectiveness of an "inflatable" habitat as an alternative or supplement to traditional rigid modules. Astronauts periodically enter the module to collect various data points such as temperature, radiation exposure, condensation, etc.
Recently arrived NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik snapped an amazing photo of Super Typhoon Noru in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The picture was taken Aug. 1, 2017 as the ISS was flying overhead.
Less than a week ago, the system was a mere tropical storm. But by Sunday, July 30, the storm had swelled to a super typhoon. According to meteorologists, it is the most intense storm of 2017, so far.
After a six-hour, four-orbit trek to rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station (ISS), the three-man crew of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft joined Expedition 52, increasing the outpost’s population to six people.
Docking took place at 5:54 p.m. EDT (21:54 GMT) July 28, 2017, while the spacecraft and station were flying over Germany.
SpaceX’s CRS-11 Dragon capsule splashed down at 8:12 a.m. EDT (12:12 GMT) July 3, 2017, in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Baja California after some 28 days attached to the International Space Station.
Landing on the Kazakh Steppe, two members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 51 crew returned to Earth on June 2, 2017, after spending 196 days in orbit. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed in their Soyuz MS-03 capsule about an hour before sunset local time at 8:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m. EDT / 14:10 GMT).
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s stay aboard the International Space Station has been extended by three months through Expedition 52, adding to her already record-breaking mission.
Instead of returning to Earth in June 2017 with the Soyuz MS-03 capsule she launched in along side Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, 57-year-old Whitson will remain aboard the ISS and fly home in September 2017 with the crew of Soyuz MS-04, which will have a vacant seat.
Earlier this year, Roscosmos announced it would be reducing its crew on each International Space Station expedition from three to two. This means only five people will participate in each expedition as opposed to the normal six. As such, NASA has updated the 2017 crew assignments for the outpost.