|Mission type||ISS Expedition|
|Space Station||International Space Station|
|Began||10 November 2014 UTC|
|Ended||11 March 2015 UTC|
|Arrived aboard||Soyuz TMA-14M
|Departed aboard||Soyuz TMA-14M
Barry E. Wilmore
Terry W. Virts
(l-r) Serova, Wilmore, Samokutyayev, Shkaplerov, Virts and Cristoforetti
Expedition 42 was the 42nd expedition to the International Space Station. It began on 10 November 2014 with the undocking of Soyuz TMA-13M, returning the crew of Expedition 41 to Earth and ended with the undocking of Soyuz TMA-14M in March 2015.
(November 2014 to March 2015)
|Commander||Barry E. Wilmore, NASA
|Flight Engineer 1||Aleksandr Samokutyayev, RSA
|Flight Engineer 2||Yelena Serova, RSA
|Flight Engineer 3||Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
|Flight Engineer 4||Samantha Cristoforetti, ASI-ESA
|Flight Engineer 5||Terry W. Virts, NASA
One of the key aspects of Mission 42 - and other missions in 2015 - is the preparation (that is, reconfiguration) of parts of the ISS to allow commercial space taxis to dock at the station. The mission requires several space walks in 2015 to prepare a berthing slip is being prepared at the forward end of the Harmony connecting node where space shuttles formerly docked, and another on Harmony’s zenith port. These new ports will allow for the Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon capsules to dock at the ISS. The first paid passengers are expected to arrive in 2017.
In popular culture
- A fictionalized version of Expedition 42 is depicted in the 2013 film Gravity. The crew, never shown, is forced to evacuate the International Space Station in a Soyuz capsule before the orbital debris arrive.
- To commemorate the Expedition number's connection to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comic science fiction franchise, the crew released a poster in the style of the 2005 film.
- "Expedition 41 Departs from Station in Soyuz". NASA.gov. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- "Upcoming ISS expeditions". Spacefacts. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- Klotz, Irene (19 February 2015). "NASA Gearing Up to Reassemble the Space Station". Discovery Communications, LLC. Diecovery News. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- Sam Cristoforetti [@AstroSamantha] (23 September 2014). "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! The Expedition 42 poster! #42istheanswer And yes, we really really love it!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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