Crew Goes into Weekend Preparing to Split Up on Tuesday

Expedition 54 Crew Members
(Clockwise from bottom) Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos; NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba; Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov; Astronaut Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; NASA astronaut Scott Tingle.

Three Expedition 54 crew members are going into the weekend packing up and preparing to return to Earth on Tuesday. Commander Alexander Misurkin will lead fellow crew members Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei back to Earth inside the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft Tuesday for a landing in south central Kazakhstan at 9:31 p.m. EST.

NASA TV will broadcast live all of the departure activities on Monday and Tuesday. The Change of Command Ceremony begins Monday at 2:40 p.m. when Misurkin hands over station control to cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. The new commander will stay behind with Flight Engineers Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and become Expedition 55 when their crewmates undock the next day.

The departing trio will say farewell Tuesday and close the Soyuz hatch at 2:15 p.m. They will undock from the Poisk module at 6:08 p.m. signifying the start of Expedition 55 and the end of Expedition 54. Next, the Soyuz engines will fire one last time at 8:38 p.m. sending the crew back into Earth’s atmosphere for a parachuted landing in Kazakhstan at 9:31 p.m.

The trio will have spent 168 days in space, orbiting Earth 2,688 times, conducted dozens of science experiments and seen the departure and arrival of eight different space ships. The departing crew members will also go home as experienced spacewalkers. Misurkin and Acaba each conducted one spacewalk and Vande Hei conducted four spacewalks during their five-and-half month stay in space.

11 thoughts on “Crew Goes into Weekend Preparing to Split Up on Tuesday”

  1. This is amazing and I know space travel will be a lot more advanced in the future thanks to NASA. Expedition 54 was great while it lasted, and I can’t wait until Expedition 55!

  2. good luck … with regards to NASA and Roscosmos co-operations ..
    I ” happy for the idea . No policy …OK
    Wiesław Edward Szymla

  3. I find this so interesting and envy the crew the view
    s they see of the earth well done to you at N.a.s.a. and the crew
    my regards for their work up there in Space send me a wave when you go over New Zealand

  4. Hats off technology of NASA and people working in NASA.I really appreciate the ISS and the related researches that they conducting.Also it fills very proud that the MARS water search,and also the research going for moon availability of water.This technology
    leads the world and also gives impression and also attract for study of the PLANET.
    Thanks very much sharing the valuable data from NASA to the world so that we can make the children’s to attract the SPACE Science.

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