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Space Station Photos: Expedition 53 Mission Crew in Orbit

Knowledge is Power

Victor Zelentsov/NASA

At the Baikonur space museum, backup crewmembers for Expedition 52/53 learn about the Soyuz rocket.

Paying Respects

Victor Zelentsov/NASA

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 52/53 backup crewmembers take in a statue of Mikhail Ryazanskiy — space designer and grandfather of Sergey Ryazanskiy, prime crewmember in Expedition 53.

Necessary Steps

Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/NASA

In preparation for launch up to the ISS for a four and a half month mission, NASA's Randy Bresnik waits for a pressure suit check.

Expedition 53/54

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 53/54 crewmembers (left to right) Joe Acaba, Alexander Misurkin and Mark Vande Hei pose for a photograph outside the Soyuz simulator ahead of their Soyuz qualification exams on Aug. 31, 2017, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

A Lasting Mark

Victor Zelentsov/NASA

More pre-launch ceremonies leads JAXA's Norishige Kania to sign a mural inside the Baikonur space museum.

How to Walk

James Blair/NASA

ESA's Paolo Nespoli participates in spacewalk training in preparation for Expedition 52/53.

Practice, Practice

James Blair/NASA

Flight engineer Paolo Nespoli practices for his upcoming spacewalks with a technician.

Learning the Machines


To get ready for the upcoming stay on the ISS, NASA's Randy Bresnik learns how to use the ROBO Track & Capture system at the Johnson Space Center.

Good Morning, Earth


On the International Space Station, morning surrounds the crew with the beauty of Earth.

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