Expedition 61

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ISS Expedition 61
Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Arrived aboardSoyuz MS-13
TBD
Departed aboardTBD
Crew
Crew size6
Members
ISS Expedition 61 Patch.png Expedition 61 crew portrait.jpg
From left: NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, astronaut Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency), Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch. 

Expedition 61 is the 61st Expedition to the International Space Station, scheduled to begin in late 2019 with the undocking of the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft. The Expedition will be commanded by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, who will become the third European and first Italian astronaut to command the ISS.[1] Parmitano, along with Soyuz MS-13 colleagues Aleksandr Skvortsov, Andrew Morgan[1] and Christina Koch[2] will transfer over from Expedition 60. They will be joined by Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir, who will launch in September 2019 on board Soyuz MS-15.[2]

Crew[edit]

Position Crew member
Commander Italy Luca Parmitano, ESA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Aleksandr Skvortsov, RSA
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Andrew Morgan, NASA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 United States Christina Koch, NASA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Russia Oleg Skripochka, RSA
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 United States Jessica Meir, NASA
First spaceflight

Other crewed spaceflights to the ISS[edit]

According to a Flight Planning Integration Panel (FPIP) document obtained by NASAspaceflight.com in June 2019, Expedition 61 was tentatively scheduled to see two visits from Commercial Crew Development spacecraft.[3]

  • The Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission with American astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley had a planning date for a November 15, 2019 launch and November 22 landing, with a brief stay on the ISS in between.
  • The Boeing Crewed Flight Test of the Starliner capsule had a planning date for a November 30, 2019 launch. This would see American astronauts Mike Finke, Nicole Mann, and Chris Ferguson dock to the International Space Station on December 1 and remain on the station until May 2020; it is unclear if these astronauts would be formally considered ISS visitors, part of the Expedition 61 crew, or prompt the start of Expedition 62.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Luca Parmitano goes Beyond". European Space Agency. 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "NASA Announces First Flight, Record-Setting Mission". NASA. 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ Gebhardt, Chris (20 June 2019). "Station mission planning reveals new target Commercial Crew launch dates – NASASpaceFlight.com". NASASpaceflight.com.