Hatches Open, Station Crew Expands to Five

Expedition 51 Crew Greeting Ceremony
New Expedition 51 crew members (front row, from left) Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer talk to family members on the ground shortly after arriving and entering the space station. In the back from left are Oleg Novitskiy, Commander Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet. Credit: NASA TV

Two new crew members are aboard the International Space Station. The hatches on the space station and Soyuz MS-04 opened at 11:25 a.m. EDT, marking the arrival to the orbiting laboratory for NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Along with Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), the arriving crew members will contribute to more than 250 research experiments ongoing aboard the space station, in diverse fields such as biology, Earth Science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

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