Expedition 58

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Began Dec. 20, 2018; will transition to Expedition 59 on March 1, 2019

Transferred from Expedition 57

Oleg Kononenko, Roscosmos
     | Commander
Anne McClain, NASA
     Flight Engineer
David Saint-Jacques, CSA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: Dec. 3, 2018, aboard Soyuz MS-11
Expected landing: June 2019


— Statistics —

Max. crew size: 3
Started: Dec. 20, 2018
Planned end: March 1, 2019
Expected duration: ~72 days
Orbits of Earth expected: ~1,140

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Spacecraft: Soyuz MS-11

Planned experiments: ~115
Spacewalks to date: 0
Total spacewalk time: 0
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 0
Visiting vehicle departures: 0

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, left, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, center, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko pose for a group photo on Jan. 7, 2019, during their Orthodox Christmas celebration. Credit: CSA/David Saint-Jacques

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, left, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, center, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko pose for a group photo on Jan. 7, 2019, during their Orthodox Christmas celebration. Credit: CSA/David Saint-Jacques

— Mission Summary —

Lasting about 72 days, Expedition 58 is expected to continue to support the many dozens of ongoing experiments at the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. Additionally, they are set to perform at least two spacewalks to upgrade the space station’s power system and oversee several visiting vehicles arrive and depart, potentially including an unpiloted test flight of the first Commercial Crew spacecraft.


— Major Events —

Expedition 58 begins

At 1:40 UTC Dec. 20, 2018, Soyuz MS-09 undocked with Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. They left behind Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques to form Expedition 58.

Gerst, who was commander of Expedition 57, handed over command of the space station to Kononenko on Dec. 18. Expedition 58 is expected to only have three crew members and will conclude and transition to Expedition 59 when Soyuz MS-12 launches and docks with the outpost in March 2019.

A view of the space station with Soyuz MS-09, lower right, still docked to the Rassvet module. Credit: NASA

A view of the space station with Soyuz MS-09, lower right, still docked to the Rassvet module. Credit: NASA


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