Expedition 43

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ISS Expedition 43
Mission type ISS Expedition
Expedition
Space Station International Space Station
Began 11 March 2015 (2015-03-11Z) UTC
Ended 11 June 2015 (2015-06-12Z) UTC
Arrived aboard Soyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Departed aboard Soyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-18M
Crew
Crew size 6
Members Expedition 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 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.[1] On June 8, 2015 ISS adjusted its orbit to allow a bigger distance to a piece of orbital space debris.[2]

This expedition also used the ISSpresso machine and tested a special cup designed to be drunk from in microgravity by using capillary flow.[3] This was a further development of a zero gravity cup invented by Canadian astronaut Donald Pettit and tested on ISS in 2008.[4][5] The new zero g coffee cup idea was further developed by a Fluid physicist at Portland State University among others.[6]

Crew[edit]

Position First Part
(March 2015)
Second Part
(March 2015 to June 2015)
Commander Terry Virts, NASA
Second 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 spaceflight
Source
Spacefacts[7]

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.[8] He was also originally supposed to be the commander of Expedition 44.

Cupola view[edit]

View of Earth from the Cupola during Expedition 43

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