Expedition 59

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Began March 15, 2019; will transition to Expedition 60 in June 2019

First Part

Transferred from Expedition 58

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 25, 2019

Second Part

Docked March 15, 2019

Aleksey Ovchinin, Roscosmos
     | Flight Engineer
Nick Hague, NASA
     | Flight Engineer
Christina Koch*, NASA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: March 14, 2019 aboard Soyuz MS-12
Expected landing: Oct. 3, 2019

* Koch is expected to stay aboard the ISS for an additional three-months. She flew into space March 14, 2019, aboard Soyuz MS-12 and should land with the Soyuz MS-13 crew in December 2019.


— Statistics —

Crew size: 6
Started: March 15, 2019
Planned end: Dec. 20, 2018
Expected duration: ~102 days
Orbits of Earth expected: ~1,600

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Spacecraft: Soyuz-MS-11, Soyuz MS-12

Planned experiments: ~100
Spacewalks: 0
Total spacewalk time: n/a
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 0
Visiting vehicle departures: 0

Soyuz MS-12 with Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch launches into orbit on a six-hour trek to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Soyuz MS-12 with Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch launches into orbit on a six-hour trek to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

— Mission Summary —

According to NASA, the Expedition 59 crew, which consists of NASA astronauts Anne McClain, Nick Hague and Christina Koch; Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Aleksey Ovchinin; and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, will perform dozens of experiments in areas ranging research on the human body, research on regolith simulants, test free-flying robots inside the station and study the complex dynamics of the Earth’s atmospheric carbon cycle. Additionally, several spacewalks will be performed to upgrade the outpost.


— Major Events —

Expedition 59 begins

Following a textbook launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-FG rocket, the crew of the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft — Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch — rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station. Contact and capture with the Earth-facing port of the Rassvet module occurred at 01:01 UTC March 15, 2019.

At the moment of docking, the Expedition 58 crew — which included Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques — formally ended and Expedition 59 began with all six as members.


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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.