Expedition 60


Began June 24, 2019; will transition to Expedition 60 on Oct. 3, 2019

First Part

Transferred from Expedition 59

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

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

Second Part

Docking July 20, 2019

Aleksandr Skvortsov, Roscosmos
     | Flight Engineer
Drew Morgan**, NASA
     Flight Engineer
Luca Parmitano, ESA
     Flight Engineer

Launching: July 20, 2019, aboard Soyuz MS-13
Expected landing: Feb. 6, 2020

* Koch is expected to stay aboard the ISS for an additional four months. She flew into space March 14, 2019, aboard Soyuz MS-12 and should land with the Soyuz MS-13 crew in February 2020.

** Morgan is also expected to stay aboard the ISS for an additional month. He is slated to fly to the outpost on July 6, 2019, aboard Soyuz MS-13 and should land with the Soyuz MS-15 crew in March 2020.

— Statistics —

Max. crew size: 6
Started: June 24, 2019
Planned end: Oct. 3, 2019
Expected duration: ~102 days
Orbits of Earth expected: ~1,600

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Spacecraft: Soyuz-MS-12, Soyuz MS-13

Spacewalks: 0
Total spacewalk time: n/a
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 0
Visiting vehicle departures: 0

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

— Mission Summary —

Expedition 60, which takes place during the time of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, has a mission to perform a number of experiments, including 3D printing organ-like tissues, examining the physical interactions of liquid, rocks and microorganisms, evaluating the creation of “novel” silica forms and structures and analyzing the spreading and penetration of a liquid on porous surfaces, according to NASA’s mission summary.

— Major Events —

Expedition 60 begins

At 23:25 UTC June 24, 2019, Soyuz MS-11 undocked from the International Space Station’s Poisk module. Aboard were Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. They left the outpost after 204 days in space.

Upon undocking, Expedition 59 ended and the trio that remained aboard the ISS — Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch — transitioned to Expedition 60 with Ovchinin as its commander.

Ovchinin, Hague and Koch are expected to be joined by the crew of Soyuz MS-13 — Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, NASA astronaut Drew Morgan and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano — in late July to form the full six-person Expedition 60 crew.

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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.