Expedition 58

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ISS Expedition 58
Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Arrived aboardSoyuz MS-11
Departed aboardTBD
Crew
Crew size3
Members
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Expedition 58 is the 58th expedition to the International Space Station, which is due to begin on December 20, 2018. It will be commanded by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, with astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques as flight engineers; the trio launched on board Soyuz MS-11 on December 3, 2018, marking the 100th orbital launch of the year.[1] Expedition 58 will officially begin when the Expedition 57 crew departs on December 20.[2]

Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques will subsequently transfer to Expedition 59 in February 2019, when Aleksey Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Christina Koch arrive on board Soyuz MS-12.[3]

History[edit]

During early planning, the expedition was scheduled to include rookie cosmonaut Nikolai Tikhonov. However, Tikhonov's assignment was postponed (for the second time) due to delays in launching the Russian Nauka module.[4][5] Tikhonov has been reassigned to the Soyuz MS-14 flight scheduled for late 2019.

As of October 2018, plans called for the expedition to feature a crew of five: cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and astronaut Nick Hague would have joined the Expedition 57 crew in October 2018, and subsequently transferred to Expedition 58; they would have been joined by Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques in December 2018. Ovchinin and Hague would then have returned to Earth in April 2019. Subsequently, the Expedition 59 mission would have begun with Kononenko as commander. However, the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying Ocvhinin and Hague aborted during its launch on October 11, 2018; the two crew returned safely to Earth.[6]

Following the Soyuz MS-10 abort, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on October 23, 2018 that Soyuz flights to the ISS were expected to resume in December 2018.[7] At first, it was assumed that Expedition 58 would initially consist of three crew members who would then be joined later by the crew of Soyuz MS-12, bringing the crew up to six. However, in the post-launch news conference for Soyuz MS-11, NASA announced that the Soyuz MS-12 crew would become the station Expedition 59/60 crew. Expedition 58 will therefore be a three person increment.

Crew[edit]

Position Crew member
Commander Russia Oleg Kononenko, RSA
Fourth spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 United States Anne McClain, NASA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Canada David Saint-Jacques, CSA
First spaceflight

Saint-Jacques will be the first Canadian resident on the space station since Chris Hadfield served as commander of Expedition 35, which terminated on May 13, 2013 almost six years prior.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gebhardt, Chris. "100th orbital launch of 2018: International trio set for launch to Space Station – NASASpaceFlight.com". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Future Expeditions". NASA. 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "NASA Astronaut Nick Hague Set for New Space Station Mission – Space Station". blogs.nasa.gov.
  4. ^ Ben Evans (May 30, 2018). "No U.S. Crew Will Command The International Space Station in 2019". AmericaSpace. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Ben Evans (October 30, 2016). "As Soyuz MS-01 Lands, International Partners Look Ahead to Reduced Crewing in 2017". AmericaSpace. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Berger, Eric (11 October 2018). "A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails". Ars Technica. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. ^ "NASA administrator says Russians on track for December Soyuz flight to station". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 25 October 2018.