Expedition 43

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ISS Expedition 43
Mission typeISS Expedition
Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began11 March 2015 (2015-03-11Z) UTC
Ended11 June 2015 (2015-06-12Z) UTC
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-18M
Crew
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 42/43:
Anton Shkaplerov
Samantha Cristoforetti
Terry W. Virts

Expedition 43/44:
Gennady Padalka
Mikhail Korniyenko
Scott Kelly
ISS Expedition 43 Patch.svg Expedition 43 crew portrait.jpg
(l-r) Padalka, Kelly, Shkaplerov, Cristoforetti, Kornienko, Virts

Expedition 43 was the 43rd expedition to the International Space Station. It commenced on 11 March 2015 with the undocking of Soyuz TMA-14M, returning the crew of Expedition 42 to Earth and ended with the departure of Soyuz TMA-15M on 11 June 2015.

The Expedition 43 crew spent an extra "bonus month" on board pending investigation of the Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft failure.[1] On June 8, 2015 ISS adjusted its orbit to move to a safe distance from a piece of orbital space debris.[1]

This expedition also used the ISSpresso machine and tested a special cup designed to be drunk from in microgravity by using capillary flow.[2] This was a further development of a zero gravity cup invented by astronaut Donald Pettit and tested on ISS in 2008.[3][4] The new zero g coffee cup idea was further developed by a Fluid physicist at Portland State University among others.[5]

Crew[edit]

Position First Part
(March 2015)
Second Part
(March 2015 to June 2015)
Commander Terry Virts, NASA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Samantha Cristoforetti, ASI-ESA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Gennady Padalka, RSA
Fifth Spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Scott Kelly, NASA
Fourth and last spaceflight
Source
Spacefacts[6]

Yury Lonchakov was originally supposed to be the Flight Engineer 3. However, he resigned from the Russian Federal Space Agency on September 6, 2013, to take a position at Gazprom.[7] He was also originally supposed to be the commander of Expedition 44.

Cupola view[edit]

View of Earth from the Cupola during Expedition 43

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sharkey, Jim (11 June 2015). "Expedition 43 crew completes mission with successful landing in Kazakhstan". Spaceflight Insider. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Charlie White. "Astronaut invents coffee cup for a weightless cup o' joe". Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ "Upcoming ISS expeditions". Spacefacts. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  7. ^ "Russian cosmonaut due to command a flight to International Space Station quits to work for a gas company 'because his wife wants him to earn more money". DailyMail. Retrieved 2014-02-05.

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