Expedition 54


Began Dec. 14, 2017; transitioned to Expedition 56 on Feb. 27, 2018

First Part

Transferred from Expedition 53

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

Launched: Sept. 12, 2017, aboard Soyuz MS-06
Landed: Feb. 28, 2018

Second Part

Docked Dec. 19, 2017

Anton Shkaplerov, Roscosmos
     Flight Engineer
Scott Tingle, NASA
     Flight Engineer
Norishige Kanai, JAXA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: Dec. 17, 2017, aboard Soyuz MS-07
Landed: June 3, 2018

— Statistics —

Max. crew size: 6
Started: Dec. 14, 2017
Ended: Feb. 27, 2018
Duration: 76 days
Orbits of Earth: ~1,200

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Spacecraft: Soyuz-MS-06, Soyuz MS-07

Experiments conducted: ~90
Spacewalks: 3
Total spacewalk time: 21 hours, 34 minutes
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 2
Visiting vehicle departures: 1

 The Expedition 54 crew watch a special screening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in the station's Harmony module. Credit: NASA

The Expedition 54 crew watch a special screening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in the station's Harmony module. Credit: NASA

— Mission Summary —

Expedition 54 consisted of Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov; NASA astronauts Mark VAnde Hei, Joe Acaba and Scott Tingle; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Norishige Kanai. Over 2.5 months, the increment worked on science experiments that studied bacteria, the manufacture of fiber optics in microgravity, and gathered data about space debris in low-Earth orbit, to name a few. The crew also supported three spacewalks and oversaw the arrival and departure of a couple cargo spacecraft.

— Major Events —

Soyuz MS-05 departs, Expedition 54 begins


CRS-13 Dragon arrival


Soyuz MS-07 arrival


Progress MS-06 departure


CRS-13 Dragon departure


US EVA-47, installation problem


Russian EVA-45


Progress MS-08 arrival




Soyuz MS-06 departs, Expedition 54 ends


— News —

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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.

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