Resident Crews of the International Space Station (ISS)

ISS: Expedition 57

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Crew, launch- and landing data

No.: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nation: Germany Canada
Surname:  Gerst  Prokopyev  Auñón-Chancellor  Kononenko  Saint-Jacques  McClain
Given names:  Alexander  Sergei Valerievich  Serena Maria  Oleg Dmitriyevich  David  Anne Charlotte "Annimal"
Position:  ISS-CDR  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer
Spacecraft (Launch):  Soyuz MS-09  Soyuz MS-09  Soyuz MS-09  Soyuz MS-11  Soyuz MS-11  Soyuz MS-11
Launch date:  06.06.2018  06.06.2018  06.06.2018  03.12.2018  03.12.2018  03.12.2018
Launchtime:  11:12:39.519 UTC  11:12:39.519 UTC  11:12:39.519 UTC  11:31:52.519 UTC  11:31:52.519 UTC  11:31:52.519 UTC
Spacecraft (Landing):  (Soyuz MS-09)  (Soyuz MS-09)  (Soyuz MS-09)  (Soyuz MS-11)  (Soyuz MS-11)  (Soyuz MS-11)
Landingdate:  (20.12.2018)  (20.12.2018)  (20.12.2018)  (17.06.2019)  (17.06.2019)  (17.06.2019)
Landingtime:  UTC  UTC  UTC  UTC  UTC  UTC
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unofficial Backup Crew

No.: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nation: Canada Italy
Surname:  Saint-Jacques  Kononenko  McClain  Skvortsov  Parmitano  Morgan
Given names:  David  Oleg Dmitriyevich  Anne Charlotte "Annimal"  Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Jr.  Luca Salvo  Andrew Richard
Position:  ISS-CDR  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer
Crew ISS-57 backup Crew ISS-57 backup

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Expedition Report

Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

ISS Expedition 57 began with the undocking of spacecraft Soyuz MS-08 on October 04, 2018 at 07:57:32 UTC. The former Expedition 56 (Oleg Artemyev, Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold) returned safely to Earth.

Aleksei Ovchinin and Nicklaus Hague were scheduled to become members of the ISS expeditions 57 and 58. About 122 seconds after liftoff, Soyuz MS-10 went into contingency abort due to a booster failure and had to return to Earth into a "ballistic descent". Both crew members were recovered alive in good health. The Soyuz MS-10 flight abort was the first instance of a Russian manned booster accident at high altitude in 43 years, since Soyuz 18A similarly failed to make orbit in April 1975. Aleksei Ovchinin and Nicklaus Hague had to protect 6.7g forces. Other sources say 8g).

After delivering more than five tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiments to the International Space Station, a Japanese cargo spacecraft departed the orbiting laboratory at 16:51 UTC on November 07, 2018.
Ground controllers used the space station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to detach the unpiloted H-II Transfer Vehicle-7 (HTV-7) of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) from an Earth-facing port of the station's Harmony module, then moved the spacecraft into its release position. Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor used the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to release the HTV.
A new, small reentry capsule was deployed from HTV-7 after release. Designed by JAXA and assembled by the station crew, the conically shaped capsule measures 2 feet (0.61 meter) in height and 2.7 feet (0.82 meter) in width. The project is a technology demonstration designed to test JAXA's ability to return small payloads from the station for expedited delivery to researchers. HTV-7 was in a safe distance away from the space station after the last of several deorbit maneuvers before the capsule is ejected from a hatchway. The experimental capsule performed a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Japan, where a JAXA ship was standing by for its recovery.
Additional experiments and equipment delivered by HTV included a new sample holder for the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (JAXA-ELF), a protein crystal growth experiment at low temperatures (JAXA LT PCG), an investigation that looks at the effect of microgravity on bone marrow (MARROW), a Life Sciences Glovebox, and additional EXPRESS Racks.
HTV-7 re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and burned up harmlessly over the South Pacific Ocean November 10, 2018.

The launch of the unpiloted Russian Progress MS-10 occurred on November 16, 2018 at 18:14:08.754 UTC from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The freighter delivers almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station components for the life support system, as well as containers with food, clothing, medical supplies and personal hygiene items for the crewmembers are stowed in the cargo compartment).

On November 17, 2018 at 09:01:31.9 UTC Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus NG-10 ("S.S. John Young") spacecraft on an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A. Cygnus carried about 7,500 pounds (3,400 kg) of science and research to the space station in support of dozens of research investigations, as well as crew supplies and hardware. Highlights of space station research that will be facilitated by research aboard this Cygnus are:
The Refabricator is the first-ever 3D printer and recycler integrated into one user-friendly machine. Once it's installed in the space station, it will demonstrate recycling of waste plastic and previously 3D printed parts already on-board into high-quality filament (i.e. 3D printer 'ink'). This recycled filament will then be fed into the printer to make new tools and parts on-demand in space. This technology could enable closed-loop, sustainable fabrication, repair and recycling on long-duration space missions, and greatly reduce the need to continually launch large supplies of new material and parts for repairs and maintenance. The demonstration, which NASA's Space Technology Mission and Human Exploration and Operations Directorates co-sponsored, is considered a key enabling technology for in-space manufacturing. NASA awarded a Small Business Innovation Research contract valued to Tethers Unlimited Inc. to build the recycling system.
The Experimental Chondrule Formation at the International Space Station (EXCISS) investigation will explore how planets, moons and other objects in space formed by simulating the high-energy, low-gravity conditions that were present during formation of the early solar system. Scientists plan to zap a specially formulated dust with an electrical current, and then study the shape and texture of the resulting pellets.
The Crystallization of LRRK2 Under Microgravity Conditions-2 (PCG-16) investigation grows large crystals of an important protein, leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2), in microgravity for analysis back on Earth. This protein is implicated in development of Parkinson's disease, and improving our knowledge of its structure may help scientists better understand the pathology of the disease and develop therapies to treat it. LRRK2 crystals grown in gravity are too small and too compact to study, making microgravity an essential part of this research. This investigation is sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory on the space station, which Congress designated in 2005 to maximize its use for improving quality of life on Earth.
About 70 minutes after launch, an automated command initiated deployment of the spacecraft's solar arrays. Full deployment took approximately 30 minutes.

The Progress MS-10 spacecraft docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on the Russian segment at 19:28:03 UTC, November 18, 2018. Progress MS-10 will remain docked at the station for almost seven months before departing on June 03, 2019 for its deorbit into Earth's atmosphere.

The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS John Young, arrived at the space station on November 19, 2018. At about 10:28 UTC, Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor grappled the spacecraft using the station's robotic arm. She was backed up by Alexander Gerst, who monitored Cygnus systems during its approach. After capture, ground controllers commanded the robotic arm to rotate and installed Cygnus on the bottom of the station's Unity module.

Following an oly sechs hours solo flight Soyuz MS-11 docked to ISS on December 03, 2018. Oleg Kononenko, David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain became the ISS Expedition 57 (together with ISS Expedition 56 crew members Sergei Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor). With the arrival Expedition 57 became a six-person-crew.

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX launched its 16th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station at 18:16:16 UTC on December 05, 2018. Loaded with almost 5,800 pounds (2,630 kg) of research, crew supplies and hardware, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft (CRS-15 or SpX-15) launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
Dragon delivers several science investigations to the space station in support the Expeditions 57 and 58.
Among the research it brought to station, the Dragon's unpressurized trunk is carrying the Robotic Refueling Mission-3 (RRM3) and the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI). RRM3 demonstrates the storage and transfer of cryogenic fluid, which is critical for propulsion and life support systems in space. While the Robotic Refueling Mission Phase 2 (RRM2) demonstrated tasks leading up to coolant replenishment, the actual transfer of cryogenic fluid in orbit will be carried out for the first time with RRM3, using liquid methane. GEDI will make high-quality laser ranging observations of Earth's forests and topography required to advance the understanding of important carbon and water cycling processes, biodiversity and habitat. Mounted on the Japanese Experiment Module's Exposed Facility, GEDI will provide the first high-resolution observations of forest vertical structure at a global scale.
Dragon reached its preliminary orbit about 10 minutes after launch. It then deployed its solar arrays and began a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the orbiting laboratory two days later on December 08, 2018.
When it arrived, Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst and Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor grappled Dragon (12:21 UTC). Anne McClain assisted the duo by monitoring telemetry during Dragon's approach. After Dragon's capture, ground controllers sent commands from mission control in Houston for the station's arm to rotate and install the spacecraft on the bottom of the station's Harmony module (15:36 UTC).
The Dragon spacecraft will spend about five weeks attached to the space station. Dragon will remain at the orbital outpost until January 13, 2019, when the spacecraft will return to Earth with research and return cargo.


HTV-7 Hohenlohe / Germany
life onboard ISS Life Support Rack
Water world ISS after Soyuz MS-08 undocking
ISS after Soyuz MS-08 undocking ISS after Soyuz MS-08 undocking
Halloween in space HTV-7 release
Haircut Cimon
Progress MS-10 arrival Cygnus NG-10 capture
Chernobyl Soyuz MS-11 arrival
full ISS-57 crew We have no planet B
McClain inside Cupola Dragon SpX-16 arrival

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Last update on December 10, 2018.