EXPEDITION 49 LANDS IN KAZAKHSTAN

Expedition 49 crew members Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi are surrounded by support personnel moments after the Soyuz MS-01 successfully lands in Kazakhstan after 115 days in space. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

After a 115-day mission, the Expedition 49 crew lands safely. The image below shows the support personnel working with the crew members. Earlier on late Saturday, their descent was covered on NASA TV. This image shows the successful separation from the space station. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya… Continue reading EXPEDITION 49 LANDS IN KAZAKHSTAN

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EXPEDITION 49 CREW READIES FOR HOMECOMING

The six Expedition 49 crew members wave to mission controllers moments after cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin (right foreground) swapped command with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough (left foreground) during a traditional Change of Command Ceremony. Credit: NASA TV

It’s time for Expedition 48-49 to return to earth for a well deserved homecoming today! NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough assumed command of the International Space Station from Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian Federal Space Agency at 3:37 p.m. EDT Friday in a traditional Change of Command ceremony. Expedition 50 will officially begin under Kimbrough’s command… Continue reading EXPEDITION 49 CREW READIES FOR HOMECOMING

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SOYUZ PACKED AND READY FOR DEPARTURE

As the Soyuz spacecraft is packed for the return trip, the six-member Expedition 49 crew poses for a portrait in the Destiny lab module. (Front row, from left) Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi. (Back row) Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko.

Soyuz MS-01 is packed and ready for earth departure on Saturday night. Also, the Orbital ATK spaceship is opened to unload 5,100 pounds of cargo at the space station. One spacecraft is being packed and readied for the return of three humans to Earth while a cargo craft is being unloaded and settling in for… Continue reading SOYUZ PACKED AND READY FOR DEPARTURE

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EXPEDITION 49 DEPARTING ISS

The departing Expedition 48-49 crew members (from left) Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi.

The Expedition 48-49 crew members, Commander Anatoly Ivanishin, Flight Engineer Kate Rubins, and Flight Engineer Takuya Onishi are departing the space station for their return to earth this weekend. Below is the featured picture of the astronauts. Three Expedition 49 crew members are winding down their stay in space this week, as a new trio… Continue reading EXPEDITION 49 DEPARTING ISS

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