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June 4-10, 2018 / Vol 37, No 23 / Hawai`i Island, USA

1 Jun 2018, 20:33 UTC
June 4-10, 2018 / Vol 37, No 23 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Crew Transitions to Expedition 56/57 with Arrival of 61st Woman in Space

The International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 55/56 members Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov, and Norishige Kanai are set to return to Earth June 3 in a parachute-assisted landing aboard Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft which will undock from the Rassvet module. Roscosmos is scheduled to launch Soyuz MS-09 rocket June 6 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a 2-day journey carrying 3 members of Expedition 56/57 to ISS. Alexander Gerst of ESA, Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA are expected to join Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold, and Oleg Artemyev to complete the 6-person crew, and are scheduled to return to Earth in December. Exp. 56 will conduct experiments and gather data on alloy sintering, plant growth, atomization simulations, gaseous trials for combustion and diffusion, and various effects of microgravity on humans. Maintenance aboard ISS includes upcoming EVAs scheduled for June 14 and August 8, and preparation for cargo ship arrivals in June, July and August. There have been 556 people in space, including 60 women. Flight surgeon Serena Auñón-Chancellor is scheduled to become the 61st woman in space, followed by Anne McClain scheduled for December 20 and Christina ...

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