|Mission type||ISS Expedition|
|Space Station||International Space Station|
|Began||11 March 2015 UTC|
|Ended||11 June 2015 UTC|
|Arrived aboard||Soyuz TMA-15M
|Departed aboard||Soyuz TMA-15M
Terry W. Virts
(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 spend an extra four weeks due to a delay caused by a re-supply spacecraft issue, and the extra time was called a "bonus month" by the crew. On June 8, 2015 ISS adjusted its orbit to allow a bigger distance to a piece of orbital space debris.
This expedition also used the ISSpresso machine and tested a special cup designed to be drunk from in microgravity by using capillary flow. This was a further development of a zero gravity cup invented by Canadian astronaut Donald Pettit and tested on ISS in 2008. The new zero g coffee cup idea was further developed by a Fluid physicist at Portland State University among others.
(March 2015 to June 2015)
|Commander||Terry Virts, NASA
|Flight Engineer 1||Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
|Flight Engineer 2||Samantha Cristoforetti, ASI-ESA
|Flight Engineer 3||Gennady Padalka, RSA
|Flight Engineer 4||Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
|Flight Engineer 5||Scott Kelly, NASA
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. He was also originally supposed to be the commander of Expedition 44.
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