Space Station Photos: Expedition 53 Mission Crew in Orbit

Planetary Artwork

Paolo Nespoli/NASA/Twitter

European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli holds a ribbon with flags from around the world to promote a new "social artwork" project called SPAC3, which aims to resolve global issues via a web platform in which contributors combine photos of themselves with photos taken from the ISS. The images are then combined into a dynamic, interactive mosaic.

On a Walk


During a spacewalk on Oct. 20, NASA astronaut Joe Acaba worked on the new latching end effector at the Canadarm2 robotic arm outside the International Space Station. [Full Story: ]

Fun in Space

Randy Bresnik/NASA/Twitter

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli plays with a fidget spinner on the ISS.

A Big Storm


On Sept. 5, 2017, the eye of Hurricane Irma is clear from the International Space Station. [Full Story: Space Station Crew Sees Hurricane Irma's Power from Orbit]

Sending Positive Thoughts

Joseph Acaba/ESA/NASA/

Puerto Rico, from the ISS, is still a beautiful place, even during the recovery from Hurricane Maria. [Astronaut Sends Prayers to Puerto Rico from Space]

Vande Hei's 1st Spacewalk

Randy Bresnik/NASA/Twitter

NASA astronaut and Expedition 53 flight engineer Mark Vande Hei took the first spacewalk of his career on Thursday (Oct. 5). He and Cmdr. Randy Bresnik spent almost 7 hours working outside the International Space Station to replace an aging "hand" at the end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

Group Photo


In the Destiny laboratory module, all six Expedition 53 crew members take a group portrait in their matching, space-themed Hawaiian shirts.

Weighing In


On the International Space Station, NASA's Joe Acaba uses the Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device to figure his mass.

Saying Hello

Bill Ingalls/NASA

On Sept. 25, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Robert Aderholt, visited NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to tour the facility and speak with astronauts on the International Space Station. [In Photos: VP Mike Pence Calls Astronauts from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Sending Blessings


From the Vatican, Pope Francis talks with astronauts on the ISS. [Full Story: Hello to the Heavens: Pope Francis Phones the Space Station]

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