Space Station Photos: Expedition 50 Astronauts in Action

Expedition 50
Expedition 50 crewmembers pose for a group photo inside the Japanese HTV-6 cargo craft after its arrival at the International Space Station on Dec. 14, 2016. (Image credit: NASA/ESA)

Expedition 50 official crew portrait


Expedition 50 official crew portrait with (from left) Andrei Borisenko, Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, Thomas Pesquet, Peggy Whitson and Oleg Novitsky.

Expedition 49/50

NASA/Victor Zelentsov

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko arrived at the International Space Station Oct. 21, 2016 after a two-day journey on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft. Here, they pose with their Sokol launch and entry suits Sept. 9, 2016.

Expedition 50/51 Crew Portrait

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Peggy Whitson of NASA pose for a group photo at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia during qualification exams for their Expedition 50/51 mission to the International Space Station.

Expedition 50/51 Boards the Soyuz

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Expedition 50 crewmembers wave farewell as they board the Soyuz spacecraft before liftoff on Nov. 17, 2016.

Expedition 49/50 Blasts Off

NASA/Joel Kowsky

A Russian Soyuz MS-02 rocket carrying NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko (of Roscosmos) launches toward the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Oct. 19, 2016.

Expedition 50/51 Lifts Off!

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 17, 2016.

Expedition 50 Crew Celebrates Thanksgiving


The failure of Russia’s robotic Progress 65 cargo mission on Dec. 1, 2016 shouldn’t endanger the six crewmembers of the International Space Station’s Expedition 50 (seen here celebrating Thanksgiving on Nov. 24, 2016), NASA officials said.

Pesquet in the Cupola


ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, the first French astronaut to live on the International Space Station, arrived at the orbiting laboratory last Saturday in a Soyuz spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. This photo of Pesquet in front of the Cupola window is the first photo he has shared from space on social media. He commented, "The International Space Station is amazing: better than in my best dreams. I wish everybody could get the chance to come up here!"

Happy New Year from the International Space Station!


Although the orbiting lab operates on Universal Time, Expedition 50 crewmembers celebrated the New Year at midnight in three different time zones, each corresponding to their homes in the United States, Russia and France.

Dinner and Decor


During their 2016 Christmas Dinner, Expedition 50 crewmembers don the ISS with some festive decorations as well.

Friendly Competition


ESA's Thomas Pesquet and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos have a cookie decorating contest during the 2016 ISS Holiday Party.

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