Nikolay Tikhonov @spacetihonhttp://t.co/ickDcT4qNvOur ISS 51/52 crew // Наш экипаж МКС 51/52
Nikolay Tikhonov @spacetihon 14.04 Официальное фото экипажа... и немного веселья //Official crew photo, and a bit fun
Peggy Whitson @AstroPeggyThe Exp. 51 Space Flight Awareness poster was approved today. I am really looking forward to flying with these guys!
Thomas Pesquet @Thom_astro 24.08L-74: whenever there's cake, it's a good day! #Expedition50 #proxima
Angelina Ballerina @LiNa8294Exp. 50/51 crewmembers @Thom_astro, @AstroPeggy & Oleg Novitsky during an cake-cutting ceremony at NASA's JSC
Angelina Ballerina @LiNa8294 Staffs of NASA participated in the cake-cutting ceremony at the Jake Garn Simulation and Training Facility (JSC)
Angelina Ballerina @LiNa8294Custom cakes for Expedition 50/51 crewmembers @Thom_astro, @AstroPeggy & Oleg Novitsky
Alexander Misurkin:Expedition 51 crew: it is a pity that due to the decision to reduce the number of Russian cosmonauts on board the ISS, we can not fly in this lineup.
NASA and its international partners have updated the assignments for several crew rotations to the International Space Station in 2017. The changes reflect a switch in assignments for some NASA astronauts, as well as a reduction in the number of Russian cosmonauts on some missions.Expedition 51/52 crew members NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will launch in March 2017. Yurchikhin will be the Expedition 52 commander.In May 2017, Expedition 52/53 will launch with NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Russian Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy. Bresnik will be the Expedition 53 commander.Expedition 53/54 will launch in September 2017. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will make up that crew, with Misurkin commanding Expedition 54.Expedition 54/55 will launch with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Norishige Kanai and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov in October 2017. Expedition 55 will be commanded by Skvortsov.The Expedition 50/51 launch of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA and cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy is unchanged and on track to launch Nov. 17 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. They will join Expedition 50 crew members currently on the station, including astronaut Shane Kimbrough of NASA and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos. Kimbrough is the commander of Expedition 50 and Whitson will assume command for Expedition 51.
Surely today's official announcement is already being discussed somewhere here on NSF, but I can't find it, so here goes.Long expected reduction in Russian crew launches, and resultant juggling of non-Russian crew.https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-updates-2017-international-space-station-crew-assignments
QuotePeggy Whitson @AstroPeggyThe Exp. 51 Space Flight Awareness poster was approved today. I am really looking forward to flying with these guys!Draft version (7/20/2016) below:
Footage contains training activities of the International Space Station’s Expedition 51-52 crew, including NASA astronaut Jack Fischer. Fischer and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch April 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for a four and a half month mission.