The newly-expanded six-member Expedition 57 crew poses for a portrait inside the International Space Station's Zvezda service module. (Bottom row from left) David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency; Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA; Expedition 57 commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency); and cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos. (Top row from left) NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko.
NASA astronauts Anne McClain (background) and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are pictured inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module. McClain watches as Auñón-Chancellor trains on the robotics workstation ahead of the rendezvous and capture of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft on Dec. 8, 2018.
Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko (suit with red stripes) and Sergey Prokopyev (suit with blue stripes) completed a spacewalk today lasting 7 hours and 45 minutes to inspect the Soyuz MS-09 crew vehicle that will return to Earth next week with three Expedition 57 crew members.
Spacewalkers spot the patched hole on the hull of the Soyuz crew vehicle where a pressure leak was detected and fixed in August. The Soyuz spaceship will return three Expedition 57 crew members to Earth Dec. 19.
This time-lapse video shows the out-of-this-world ride Oleg Kononenko took on the tip of Strela boom operated by Sergey Prokopyev. The two spacewalkers are working outside the space station to inspect the Soyuz crew vehicle today.
A pair of veteran Russian spacewalkers will exit the International Space Station Tuesday around 11 a.m. EST for six hours of inspection work on a Soyuz crew vessel. Oleg Kononenko (first pic from February 2012) and Sergey Prokopyev (second pic from August 2018) will examine the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that will return three Expedition 57 crew members to Earth Dec. 19.
The SpaceX Dragon is chasing the International Space Station today to be gracefully captured by a robotic arm early Saturday. Here, Dragon is pictured in July of 2018 approaching the orbital lab as both spacecraft were orbiting over the Greek island of Crete.