Resident Crews of the International Space Station (ISS)

ISS: Expedition 59

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Crew, launch- and landing data

No.: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nation: Canada
Surname:  Kononenko  Saint-Jacques  McClain  Ovchinin  Hague  Koch
Given names:  Oleg Dmitriyevich  David  Anne Charlotte "Annimal"  Aleksei Nikolaevich  Tyler Nicklaus "Nick"  Christina Hammock "Nana"
Position:  ISS-CDR  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer
Spacecraft (Launch):  Soyuz MS-11  Soyuz MS-11  Soyuz MS-11  Soyuz MS-12  Soyuz MS-12  Soyuz MS-12
Launch date:  03.12.2018  03.12.2018  03.12.2018  14.03.2019  14.03.2019  14.03.2019
Launchtime:  11:31:52.519 UTC  11:31:52.519 UTC  11:31:52.519 UTC  19:14:08.175 UTC  19:14:08.175 UTC  19:14:08.175 UTC
Spacecraft (Landing):  (Soyuz MS-11)  (Soyuz MS-11)  (Soyuz MS-11)  (Soyuz MS-12)  (Soyuz MS-12)  (Soyuz MS-13)
Landingdate:  (25.06.2019)  (25.06.2019)  (25.06.2019)  (03.10.2019)  (03.10.2019)  (18.12.2019)
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Orbits:            

unofficial Backup Crew

No.: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nation: Italy Italy
Surname:  Skvortsov  Parmitano  Morgan  Skvortsov  Parmitano  Morgan
Given names:  Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Jr.  Luca Salvo  Andrew Richard  Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Jr.  Luca Salvo  Andrew Richard
Position:  ISS-CDR  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer  Flight Engineer
Crew ISS-59 (backup)

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Expedition Report

Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

ISS Expedition 59 began with docking of Soyuz MS-12 on March 15, 2019 at 01:01:40 UTC. In the same moment the former Expedition 58 ended. Normally a new ISS Expedition begins with the undocking of the older Soyuz spacecraft. To return to the planned counting of the ISS Expeditions after the abort of Soyuz MS-10 the ISS managers decided to take this variant only for this time. Aleksei Ovchinin, Nicklaus Hague and Christina Koch became members of the resident crew (together with ISS-58 Commander Oleg Kononenko, Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques and Flight Engineer Anne McClain.

The first spacewalk in Expedition 59 was performed on March 22, 2019 by Anne McClain and Nicklaus Hague (6h 39m). Anne McClain and Nicklaus Hague ventured outside the Quest airlock to install the adapter plates for the new batteries and to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for the power channel on one pair of the station's solar arrays, completing the upgrades to two station power channels.
The equipment to be installed was delivered on a Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle cargo craft on September 27, 2018. The installation work began on Earth, when ground controllers used the station's robotic arm to replace old nickel-hydrogen batteries on the port truss of the complex with six new lithium-ion batteries.


Among the US experiments are:

Tissue Chips: A cutting-edge system for research is heading to the International Space Station, and could help save time and money for pharmaceutical development. Researchers are using a new technology called "tissue chips" that could offer more insights into predicting the effectiveness of potential pharmaceuticals in humans. Tissue chips are bioengineered devices that mimic the function of human organs. Fluid that mimics blood can be passed through the chip to simulate blood flow, and can include drugs or toxins. In microgravity, changes occur in human health and human cells that resemble accelerated aging and disease processes. This allows scientists to make observations over the course of a few weeks that might take months in a laboratory on Earth. This research may also help us advance tissue chip technologies for more efficient pharmaceutical testing on Earth, and could be used for understanding how diseases develop in healthy tissues.

Astrobee is NASA's next generation of free-flying robots aboard the International Space Station. The self-contained, cube-shaped robots are designed to help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for use in microgravity to assist astronauts with routine chores, and give ground controllers additional eyes and ears on the space station. The autonomous robots, powered by fans and vision-based navigation, perform crew monitoring, sampling, logistics management, and accommodate up to three investigations. They are operated remotely from the ground.

Hermes is an experimental microgravity facility that enables science experiments, microgravity exposure testing, testing of engineering components, testing of CubeSats, concept trials, and any payloads that fit within the Hermes design and operations constraints. It is open to any investigation that benefits from microgravity exposure. Hermes is a microgravity facility for regolith research. Future missions, crewed and robotic, that visit small bodies should know how to interact with a loosely aggregated surface. Best way to sample material? How do you set anchors? How do you safely move and process material for "living off the land"? What materials properties should you expect for the surface? How much will fly free when disturbed? Experiments housed in Hermes could help answer these questions.

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3) is a space instrument designed to investigate important questions about the distribution of carbon dioxide on Earth as it relates to growing urban populations and changing patterns of fossil fuel combustion. OCO-3 will observe the complex dynamics of the Earth's atmospheric carbon cycle. OCO-3 continues the global carbon dioxide record started by OCO-2, but adds complementary information with sampling at all sunlit hours, a unique feature of sampling from orbiting laboratory. In addition to global sampling, OCO-3 capabilities allow for targeted local mapping of emissions hotspots. Understanding carbon sources and sinks can help in forecasting and reducing the long term risks of increased atmospheric heat retention. OCO-3 also demonstrates how space platforms can be used to study the Earth's atmosphere and its effects on climate.

EVA data

  Name Start End Duration Mission Airlock Suit
EVA McClain, Anne 22.03.2019, 12:01 UTC 22.03.2019, 18:40 UTC 6h 39m ISS-59 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3008
EVA Hague, Nicklaus 22.03.2019, 12:01 UTC 22.03.2019, 18:40 UTC 6h 39m ISS-59 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3003

Photos

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Last update on March 22, 2019.

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