|Mission type||ISS Expedition|
|Mission duration||76d 17h 43m|
|Space Station||International Space Station|
|Began||4 October, 2018 UTC|
|Ended||20 December, 2018 UTC|
|Arrived aboard||Soyuz MS-09 |
Soyuz MS-10 (failed)
|Departed aboard||Soyuz MS-09 |
|Crew size||3 (first part)|
6 (second part)
Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor
|EVA duration||7 hours 45 minutes|
(l-r) Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Commander Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency and Sergei Prokopev of Roscosmos.
Soyuz MS-09 crew, Alexander Gerst, Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, and Sergey Prokopyev, since June 2018 aboard the ISS, were expected to be joined by Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague in October 2018. The latter two crew members boarded Soyuz MS-10 on October 11, 2018, but the launch was aborted mid-flight due to a booster failure; the crew landed safely after a ballistic descent.
The impact of the Soyuz MS-10 failure and subsequent investigation on the ISS crew schedule was not initially clear. The Expedition 57 initial crew needed to depart by mid-December 2018 in Soyuz MS-09 due to the limited on-orbit lifespan of "about 200 days" of the Soyuz capsule, or no later than early January 2019 allowing for a small margin on the lifespan. NASA would have attempted to avoid de-crewing the ISS, commanding the station from the ground is feasible if necessary.
On 23 October 2018, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that Soyuz flights to the ISS were expected to resume in December 2018. The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft commanded by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, carrying him and two flight engineers, Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques, was launched on December 3, 2018, marking the 100th orbital launch of the year; the Expedition 57 initial crew departed on December 20 and Expedition 58 started as a three-person increment.
October 4 – December 3, 2018
December 3 – December 20, 2018
|Commander|| Alexander Gerst, ESA|
|Flight Engineer 1|| Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, NASA|
|Flight Engineer 2|| Sergey Prokopyev, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 3|| Oleg Kononenko, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 4|| Anne McClain, NASA|
|Flight Engineer 5|| David Saint-Jacques, CSA|
Originally NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps was assigned as flight engineer for Expeditions 56 and 57, becoming the first African American space station crew member and the 15th African American to fly in space, but on January 16, 2018, NASA announced that Epps had been replaced by her backup Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor.
Cosmonaut Nikolai Tikhonov was slated to make his first spaceflight on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, but was removed from the crew due to delays in launching the Russian Nauka module. This is the second time that Tikhonov has been removed from an ISS crew for such reason.
|EVA #||Spacewalkers||Start (UTC)||End (UTC)||Duration|
|Oleg Kononenko||December 11, 2018
|December 11, 2018
|7 hours 45 minutes|
|The cosmonauts went outside to install a plug and thermal insulation on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft which was damaged by a powertool causing an air leak. The cosmonauts gave Soyuz MS-09 a clean bill of health before they patched it up clearing the vessel for entry on December 20, 2018. Get ahead task included swapping experiments on the Rassvet module. |
Unmanned spaceflights to the ISS
Resupply missions that visited the International Space Station during Expedition 57:
- ISS flight number
- ISS 71P
|Russia||Logistics||Soyuz-FG||16 Nov 2018, 18:14:08||18 Nov 2018, 19:28||N/A||179d 1h 43m||N/A|
- CRS NG-10E
|United States||Logistics||Antares 230||17 Nov 2018, 09:01:31||19 Nov 2018, 12:31||8 Feb 2019, 16:16||81d 3h 45m||Feb. 25, 2019, 09:05|
- CRS SpX-16
|United States||Logistics||Falcon 9 Block 5||5 Dec 2018, 18:16||8 Dec 2018, 15:36||13 Jan 2019, 23:33||36d 7h 57m||14 Jan 2019|
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