Space Station Photos: Expedition 50 Astronauts in Action

Experiments Galore


Peggy works with the Microgravity Science Glovebox at the space station.

Microgravity Tests


Thomas Pesquet and Peggy Whitson work with the European Microgravity Science Glovebox.

Classic Passtime


Pesquet watches a soccer game between France and Scotland on Feb. 12, 2017 at the International Space Station.

VERTIGO Experiment


Thomas Pesquet wears a Skinsuit while working with the Spheres autonomous droids, which can fly on their own using compressed gas. Here Pesquet is doing an experiment called VERTIGO in which the droids attempt to dock on their own to test computer software for difficult automated docking in space.

Understanding the Process


Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet study the procedures for the robotic capture of the Space X Dragon cargo ship.

Tool Time


Thomas Pesquet calibrates the pistol-grip tool that the astronauts use during spacewalks to drive and release fasteners.

Cleaning Up


To keep microbes from proliferating at the ISS, Pesquet and the other astronauts not only clean everything very thoroughly, but they also test surfaces and the water for microbial growth on a regular basis.

A New Module


Commander Shane Kimbrough and flight engineer Thomas Pesquet pose in the inflatable Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).



For the ENERGY study, astronauts are investigating human metabolism on the space station. This involves constant monitoring of food and oxygen intake, urine samples and tracking of physical activity.

Judo Practice


Thomas Pesquet, who practices Judo, kicked off the Judo Grand Slam Paris tournament with a special video message from space to his fellow Judokas.

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Christine Lunsford
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Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.