Space Station Photos: Expedition 55 Crew in Orbit

Drew Feustel of NASA


Expedition 55 crewman, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, listens as reporters ask questions at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center on the final day of qualification exams.

Tsar Bell


At Red Square in Moscow, inside the Kremlin, a photo of the prime and backup crewmembers for Expedition 55 shows them near the Tsar Bell.

Remembering Heroes


As another part of the traditional pre-launch activities, Expedition 55 crewmen lay flowers at the Kremlin Wall Russian space icons are interred, and honored, here.

Team mates and Crewmembers


Before a press conference, Expedition 55 crew members Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel of NASA, talk in preparation for fielding questions from the press. The duo, along with Oleg Artemyev, will launch for the ISS in March of 2018 for a five-month mission.

Ready for the Future


Expedition 55 crewmembers — Ricky Arnold of NASA (left), Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (center) and Drew Feustel of NASA (right) — pose for photos in front of St. Basil's Cathedral during traditional pre-launch activities.

Pomp and Circumstance


During prelaunch activities at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, the Expedition 55 crewmen examine a ceremonial book signed by each astronaut and cosmonaut who fly in space.

St. Basil's Cathedral


NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold takes a moment to reflect on his journey and the upcoming travels. St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square offers a stunning backdrop.

Media Time


Reporters question the Expedition 55 crewmembers during a press conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Expedition 55 crewmen Ricky Arnold of NASA (left) and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos (right) listen as Drew Feustel of NASA (center) answers questions.

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Christine Lunsford
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