Expedition 53

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Began Sept. 2, 2017; transitioned 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
Landed: 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
Landed: Feb. 28, 2018


— Statistics —

Max. crew size: 6
Started: Sept. 2, 2017
Ended: Dec. 14, 2017
Duration: 103 days
Orbits of Earth: ~1,600

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Spacecraft: Soyuz-MS-05, Soyuz MS-06

Experiments conducted: ~120
Spacewalks: 3
Total spacewalk time: 20 hours, 10 minutes
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 2
Visiting vehicle departures: 2

 The Expedition 53 crew hold the "VICTORY" art spacesuit, which was hand-painted by cancer patients in Russia and the United States and sent to the ISS via a cargo spacecraft. Credit: NASA

The Expedition 53 crew hold the "VICTORY" art spacesuit, which was hand-painted by cancer patients in Russia and the United States and sent to the ISS via a cargo spacecraft. Credit: NASA


— Mission Summary —

Consisting of NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik, Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba; Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryazansky and Alexander Misurkin; and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, the six-person crew performed experiments that studied cosmic ray particles, the manufacturing of fiber optic filaments in microgravity as well as targeted therapies to improve muscle atrophy, among others. Additionally, three spacewalks were performed and several cargo ships resupplied the multinational outpost.


— Major Events —

Soyuz MS-04 departs, Expedition 53 begins

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Soyuz MS-06 arrives, crew size doubles

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3 spacewalks in 3 weeks

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Progress MS-07 arrival

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OA-8 Cygnus arrives

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Soyuz MS-05 departs, Expedition 53 ends

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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.