Expedition 61

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Began Oct. 3, 2019; will transition to Expedition 62 on Feb. 6, 2020

First Part

Transferred from Expedition 60

Luca Parmitano, ESA
     | Commander
Aleksandr Skvortsov, Roscosmos
     | Flight Engineer
Christina Koch*, NASA
     Flight Engineer

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

Second Part

Docked Sept. 25, 2019

Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos
     | Flight Engineer
Jessica Meir, NASA
     Flight Engineer
Drew Morgan**, NASA
     Flight Engineer

Launched: Sept. 25, 2019, aboard Soyuz MS-15
Expected landing: April 1, 2020

* Koch flew into space March 14, 2019, aboard Soyuz MS-12 and should land with the Soyuz MS-13 crew in February 2020.

** Morgan flew into space July 20, 2019, aboard Soyuz MS-13 and should land with the Soyuz MS-15 crew in April 2020.


— Statistics —

Max. crew size: 6
Started: Oct. 3, 2019
Ended: Feb. 6, 2020
Expected duration: 127 days
Orbits of Earth expected: ~2,000

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Spacecraft: Soyuz-MS-13, Soyuz MS-15

Spacewalks: 2
Total spacewalk time: 13 hours, 46 minutes
Visiting vehicle arrivals: 0
Visiting vehicle departures: 0

Nine people aboard the International Space Station during a direct crew handover pose for a photo in the Zvezda module. At the bottom row from left are, station cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, astronauts Luca Parmitano and Nick Hague, visiting astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri of the United Arab Emirates, astronaut Jessica Meir and cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka. At the top are, astronauts Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan with cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov. Several days later, Ovchinin, Hague and Al Mansouri returned to Earth in Soyuz MS-12. Credit: NASA

Nine people aboard the International Space Station during a direct crew handover pose for a photo in the Zvezda module. At the bottom row from left are, station cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, astronauts Luca Parmitano and Nick Hague, visiting astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri of the United Arab Emirates, astronaut Jessica Meir and cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka. At the top are, astronauts Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan with cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov. Several days later, Ovchinin, Hague and Al Mansouri returned to Earth in Soyuz MS-12. Credit: NASA

— Mission Summary —

In addition to the dozens of science experiments expected to be performed, the crew of Expedition 61 are expected to perform nearly a dozen spacewalks to upgrade and repair the outpost. These will start with battery replacement installation on the P6 truss segment and conclude with repair work on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer physics experiment located on the S3 truss segment.


— Major Events —

Expedition 61 begins

After experiencing a temporary population boost to nine people, the crew of the International Space Station returned to six people following the departure of Soyuz MS-12 with Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, NASA astronaut Nick Hague and United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri. Upon their departure at 07:37 UTC Oct. 3, 2019, Expedition 61 formally began.

Expedition 61 consists of ISS commander and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano as well as flight engineers Aleksandr Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos; and Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch of NASA.


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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.

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