Expedition 56: The Space Station Mission in Photos

Expedition 56 Crew

Robert Markowitz/NASA

This official portrait includes the entire Expedition 56 crew — Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold, Oleg Artemyev and 55s Alexander Gerst, Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Sergei Prokopev. The image was captured in Building 8, Room 183 on Oct. 2, 2017.

Expedition 56 Patch


The crew of Expedition 56 are represented by this official insignia patch, which was revealed on Jan. 19. 2018.

Preparing for the EVAs

James Blair/NASA

On Feb. 15, 2018, Alexander Gerst and Serena Aunon-Chancellor, two expedition 56/57 crewmembers, participate in EVA prep- and post-training.

In the NBL Pool

James Blair/NASA

Expedition 56/57 crewmembers Alexander Gerst and Serena Aunon-Chancellor, pictured here, participate in EMU suitup training at the Neutral Buoyancy Pool at the Johnson Space Center on Mar. 5. 2018.

Ready for the Mission

Elizabeth Weissinger/NASA

On May 10, 2018, Expedition 56 prime crewmembers — from left, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Roscosmos' Sergey Prokopyev and ESA's Alexander Gerst — wave to reporters at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

For Posterity's Sake

Elizabeth Weissinger/NASA

Days before the launch of Expedition 56/57 to the International Space Station, Expedition 56 backup crewmembers — from left, NASA's Anne McCLain, Roscosmos' Oleg Kononenko and CSA's David Saint-Jacques — pose for photos at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. The mission is set to launch Jun. 6, 2018 for a six-month stay on the ISS.


Elizabeth Weissinger/NASA

In front of a Soyuz simulator, Expedition 56 crewmembers pose during the last day of vehicle qualification exams.

Pre-Launch Ceremonies

Elizabeth Weissinger/NASA

At the Kremlin in Moscow, Expedition 56 prime and backup crewmembers pose in front of the Tsar Cannon. The mission is scheduled to launch on Jun. 6, 2018 for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Remembering History

Elizabeth Weissinger/NASA

On May 14, 2018, Expedition 56 crewmembers reflect and prepare to lay flowers at the Kremlin Wall in Red Square where Russian space icons are interred.

Warm Welcome

Victor Zelentsov/NASA

Upon arrival at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 56 crewmembers wave to school children who welcome them.

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Christine Lunsford
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