Resident Crews of the International Space Station (ISS)

ISS: Expedition 55

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Patch ISS-55 Crew ISS-55

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Crew, launch- and landing data

No.: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nation: Japan
Surname:  Shkaplerov  Tingle  Kanai  Artemyev  Feustel  Arnold
Given names:  Anton Nikolayevich  Scott David "Maker"  Norishige  Oleg Germanovich  Andrew Jay "Drew"  Richard Robert II "Ricky"
Position:  ISS-CDR  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer
Spacecraft (Launch):  Soyuz MS-07  Soyuz MS-07  Soyuz MS-07  (Soyuz MS-08)  (Soyuz MS-08)  (Soyuz MS-08)
Launch date:  17.12.2017  17.12.2017  17.12.2017  (21.03.2018)  (21.03.2018)  (21.03.2018)
Launchtime:  07:21:01.127 UTC  07:21:01.127 UTC  07:21:01.127 UTC  UTC  UTC  UTC
Spacecraft (Landing):  (Soyuz MS-07)  (Soyuz MS-07)  (Soyuz MS-07)  (Soyuz MS-08)  (Soyuz MS-08)  (Soyuz MS-08)
Landingdate:  (03.06.2017)  (03.06.2017)  (03.06.2017)      
Landingtime:  UTC  UTC  UTC  UTC  UTC  UTC
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unofficial Backup Crew

No.: 1 2 3 4 5
Nation: Germany
Surname:  Gerst  Prokopyev  Epps  Ovchinin  Hague
Given names:  Alexander  Sergei Valerievich  Jeanette Jo  Aleksei Nikolaevich  Tyler Nicholas "Nick"
Position:  ISS-CDR  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer
Crew ISS-55 (backup) Crew ISS-55 (backup)

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Expedition Report

Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

ISS Expedition 55 began with the undocking of spacecraft Soyuz MS-06 on February 27, 2018 at 23:08:30 UTC. The former Expedition 54 (Aleksandr Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba) returned safely to Earth.

On March 13, 2018, an ISS reboost was performed using Progress MS-08 thrusters. This reboost was to set up for Soyuz MS-08 launch planned on March 21, 2018. The engines started at 21:25:54 UTC and fired 108 seconds. The ISS got 0.22 m / sec. more speed. The actual parameters are 403.2 km x 424.3 km. The ISS needs 92.60 minutes for each orbit.

Among the US experiments are:

Studying Our Atmosphere for Thunder and Lightning
The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) will observe Earth from outside the International Space Station. It will look for severe thunderstorms, which track upper-atmospheric lightning suggested to result from run-away electron discharge. This form of lightning occurs well above normal lightning or storm clouds and observation will tell scientists more about the role of severe thunderstorms in Earth's atmosphere and climate.

Testing Microgravity's Impact on Bone Marrow
Scientists believe that microgravity may have a negative impact on bone marrow and the blood cells it produces. On Earth, long-duration bed rest can impact patients' bone marrow and something similar may happen in microgravity. The Bone Marrow Adipose Reaction: Red or White (MARROW) investigation will measure the extent microgravity's impact on bone marrow and its blood cells as well as study the recovery process. The results of this investigation will benefit both health and space research.

Studying Materials' Reactions to Space
The Materials ISS Experiment Flight Facility (MISSE-FF) will support testing of materials, coatings and components in the harsh environment of space. This Alpha Space developed platform will be accessible to the private sector and government organizations and leverage the low-Earth orbit (LEO) environment to support integrated testing materials' reaction to ultraviolet radiation (UV), atomic oxygen (AO), ionizing radiation, ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), charged particles, thermal cycles, electromagnetic radiation, and micro-meteoroids.

Simulating Gravity aboard the Space Station
Developed by Techshot, the Multi-use Variable-g Platform (MVP) can simulate up to 2 g of artificial gravity with two internal carousels that spin simultaneously. MVP will be used aboard the space station to research a wide variety of sample types, such as fruit flies, flatworms, plants, fish, cells, protein crystals, and many others.

Assembly animation (external link)


Lake Urmia Shkaplerov onboard ISS


Last update on March 17, 2018.