Six-Member Expedition 44 Crew Back to Work After Docking Activities

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren
NASA astronaut and new Expedition 44 crew member Kjell Lindgren works inside the Destiny laboratory module. Credit: NASA TV

The International Space Station is at full strength now with six crew members from Japan, Russia and the United States. The newly-expanded orbital team got together today to review their roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency in space.

New station residents Oleg Kononenko, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui will be familiarizing themselves with their new home in space over the next few days. While they adapt to their new workplace the trio will also be getting up to speed with daily science research and orbital maintenance tasks.

Lindgren spent some time with the Veggie botany experiment before working on a spacesuit battery. Yui explored protein crystal growth with the potential to help scientists create advanced drugs on Earth then moved on to cargo transfers from the brand new Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft. Kononenko looked at the effect of space radiation on viruses, researched protein crystals and checked out Russian space hardware.

7 thoughts on “Six-Member Expedition 44 Crew Back to Work After Docking Activities”

  1. We love watching the space station go over Botany Bay. The sky was so very clear and the station so bright this evening. Amazing!

  2. Universe is treasure trobe of natural resources.
    The view from ISS of the moon lighting our planet
    earth seems to be a blue
    cone gaslight.
    I am going to look up the ISS surrounded with star
    filled sky.

  3. Congratulations to all that contributed to the great effort of having again a population of 6 inside the ISS. It was a nocturne ride so… not much there to film. Should the launch occur during daytime it would be nice to have some on-board cameras (just like the wonderful Space Shuttle had) to film the whole show. The space adventure is still a very very slow process, having to wait years to have a SLS, a Dragon V2, a new Soyuz, a CST-100, a Dream Chaser… What a pity that the Dream Chaser is cancelled. NASA should revive that program and make it a 6-8 crew vessel. It is a pleasure to write to you at USA. Greetings from Portugal.

  4. Beautiful pictures from space it always fascinates me how you all live and work in that type of environment
    be safe

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