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The ISS will host up to nine persons for a while – a record that has not been broken since retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
This November, we will already have 9 persons aboard for a short time.

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As noted in this thread, Yuri Lonchakov has resigned from Roscosmos, leaving his assignment to ISS Expedition 43 and commander of Expedition 44 vacant.

(Gennady Padalka has been rumored as a possible replacement for Lonchakov.)

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Padalka's rumored replacement would be wild. They would get a chance to compare how Padalka fared during his time in space, broken up over five missions (four on ISS, if he is Lonchakov's replacment) v. Kelly and Kornienko's continuous flight.

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Some say Padalka is not only confirmed but has known he was going to fly for months. But if that's the case, Roscosmos is not letting it be known.
Spokeswoman Irina Rogova said: "Now we are urgently looking for a new commander."

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Though still no official word from Roscosmos, Interfax reports Gennady Padalka will replace Yuri Lonchakov on the Expedition 43/44 crew.
"Another experienced cosmonaut, Gennady Padalka, will take Lonchakov's place in the crew to depart for the ISS in March 2015," [a space industry source] said.

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This begs the question:

I know flight assignments for NASA Astronauts aboard the ISS take into consideration the possible exposure to radiation. Is there a similar rule in Russia?

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Yes, but by different standards. The U.S. limitations are considered to be conservative (perhaps ultra-conservative) as compared to other space agencies.

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NASA release
NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as part of Expedition 46 with yearlong expedition Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko.

This will be the second long-duration spaceflight for Kopra, a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Kopra was a flight engineer aboard the station during Expedition 20 in 2009. This will be the first spaceflight for Peake, a former British Army helicopter pilot and graduate of the Royal Military Academy.

The Expedition 45 crew will be:

  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, station commander
  • Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, flight engineer
  • NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, flight engineer
  • ESA astronaut Tim Peake, flight engineer

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JAXA release
Astronaut Takuya Onishi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that Astronaut Takuya Onishi has been selected as a crewmember for the 48th/49th Expedition Mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut Onishi was selected as an astronaut candidate in February 2009, and then, certified as an ISS astronaut in July 2011 after completion of all basic training requirements. Since then, he has been continuously maintaining and improving his qualities as an ISS astronaut through various training such as the 15th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 15) conducted at the underwater laboratory in the United States.

For Astronaut Onishi, this long duration stay aboard the ISS will be his first space flight.

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NASA, International Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

NASA and its international partners have appointed crew members for a 2016 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is scheduled to launch in spring 2016 and return to Earth in fall 2016. He will join space station Expedition 47 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as part of Expedition 48 with cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Williams will assume command of the orbiting outpost upon the departure of Expedition 47's commander, Sergei Zaletin of Roscosmos.

This will be the fourth spaceflight and third long-duration mission for Williams, a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Williams was a flight engineer aboard the station during Expedition 13 in 2006. He later served as a flight engineer during Expedition 21 and commander of Expedition 22 in 2010.

This will be the first flight for Ovchinin, a former Russian Air Force pilot and graduate of the Eisk Air Force Pilot School. Ovchinin has been a cosmonaut since 2009.

This will be the second long-duration flight for Skripochka, who served as a flight engineer during Expeditions 25 and 26 in 2010 and 2011. The former mechanical engineer has been a cosmonaut since 1999.

The crew for Expedition 47 will be:

  • Tim Kopra, NASA
  • Sergei Zaletin, Roscosmos
  • Tim Peake, European Space Agency
The crew of Expedition 48 will be:
  • Jeff Williams, NASA
  • Alexey Ovchinin, Roscosmos
  • Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos

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European Space Agency (ESA) release
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will fly to the International Space Station in 2016

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet has been assigned to a long-duration mission on the International Space Station, it was announced today (March 17).

The assignment of the French-born astronaut was announced by ESA's Director General Jean Jacques Dordain in the presence of the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the President of the French space agency, CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall.

The announcement was made in coordination with the international partners of the International Space Station.

With Thomas Pesquet's assignment, all six ESA astronauts from the class of 2009 will have flown to the Station on missions within seven years of graduation.

The Director General noted: "Thomas' mission assignment concludes the first phase for our newest members of the ESA astronaut corps which was to make each of them assigned to a spaceflight.

"This is a clear demonstration of the reputation of ESA among the international partners of ISS as well as of ESA astronauts among the international community of astronauts. The flight experience gained by this new class of ESA astronauts is providing a solid ground for ESA Member States to contribute to further international human exploration missions."

Born in Rouen, France, Thomas will be the 10th Frenchman to go to space, following Léopold Eyharts who supported the commissioning and first utilisation of ESA's Columbus microgravity laboratory on the Space Station.

As a partner in the Station, ESA is entitled to use its resources, which include supporting missions of European astronauts.

During Thomas' mission, an atomic clock will be installed on the Station to connect with other atomic clocks on Earth to test Einstein's theory of relativity and allow even more accurate world timekeeping. The results could double the accuracy of satellite navigation, allowing us to pinpoint our location on Earth with even higher precision.

Thomas studied as an aerospace engineer before working as a commercial airline pilot.

ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations and former astronaut, Thomas Reiter, says: "I remember this exciting moment of mission assignment very well, and I'm very happy that Thomas Pesquet is now in this situation.

"There is an exciting road ahead for Thomas, learning all the systems of the International Space Station and the unique scientific experiments that he will conduct in space."

Thomas comments on his assignment: "I am happy to have been selected for a mission but this is just the start of a new phase for me – there is a lot of work to do and a lot to learn before my flight.

"I will consider my dream complete when I am working on the International Space Station."

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NASA release
NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Mission Crew Members

NASA and its International Space Station partners have announced the crew members, including NASA astronauts Kate Rubins, Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, for three upcoming missions to the space station.

Rubins will be the first of the three with her mission beginning in May 2016, when she will join the station’s Expedition 48 crew already in orbit. Selected to become an astronaut in 2009, this will be her first trip into space. Rubins was born in Farmington, Connecticut, and grew up in Napa, California. She holds a doctorate in cancer biology from Stanford.

Kimbrough, born in Killeen, Texas, and raised in Atlanta, is a retired U.S. Army colonel. He previously flew aboard space shuttle Endeavour during its STS-126 mission in 2008. Kimbrough has spent almost 16 days in space and accumulated 12 hours and 52 minutes on spacewalks.

Whitson, an Iowa native born in Mt. Ayr and raised in Beaconsfield, holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Rice University. She completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the space station, the second as its first female commander. She has spent 377 days in space between the two missions. Whitson also has performed six spacewalks, totaling 39 hours and 46 minutes.

The crew comprising Expedition 48 will be:

  • Jeff Williams, NASA
  • Alexey Ovchinin, Roscosmos
  • Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos
  • Kate Rubins, NASA
  • Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos
  • Takuya Onishi, JAXA
The crew comprising Expedition 49 will be:
  • Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos
  • Kate Rubins, NASA
  • Takuya Onishi, JAXA
  • Shane Kimbrough, NASA
  • Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos
  • Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos
The crew comprising Expedition 50 will be:
  • Shane Kimbrough, NASA
  • Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos
  • Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos
  • Peggy Whitson, NASA
  • Oleg Novitskiy, Roscosmos
  • Thomas Pesquet, ESA

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European Space Agency (ESA) release
Third spaceflight for astronaut Paolo Nespoli

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be heading for space a third time, as part of Expeditions 52 and 53 to the International Space Station. He will be launched on a Soyuz vehicle in May 2017 on a five-month mission.

The new mission is part of a barter agreement between NASA and Italy's ASI space agency involving ESA astronauts. It will be ASI's third long-duration flight, following Luca Parmitano's Volare in 2013 and Samantha Cristoforetti's Futura this year.

Paolo's first spaceflight was his two-week Esperia mission on the space shuttle's STS-120 in 2007, ASI's second short-duration flight under the barter agreement. One of his main tasks was to help install the Node-2 module on the Space Station.

He returned to the station in 2010 for ESA's 160-day MagISStra mission as part of Expeditions 26 and 27. In addition to his many experiments, he was involved in the dockings of two cargo craft: Europe's second Automated Transfer Vehicle and Japan's second HII Transfer Vehicle.

Following his second flight, Paolo worked at ESA's ESRIN center in Italy and at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne. He recently began training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow, Russia, for his new adventure.

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NASA release
NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Crew Members for Missions in 2017

NASA and its International Space Station partners have announced the crew members for missions to the orbiting laboratory in 2017. The selection includes first-time space flyers NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Jack Fischer.

The Expedition 51 and 52 crews will continue important research that advances NASA's journey to Mars while making discoveries that can benefit all of humanity. With adequate funding and technical progress on NASA's Commercial Crew Program, astronauts Vande Hei and Fischer are expected to be at the station during the first test flights of the Boeing CST-100 and SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, targeted for 2017.

"Spaceflight assignment is one of the highlights of my job, and this is made even more special when that person has not yet flown in space," said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "I'm very excited for both Mark and Jack and very much look forward to watching them on the ISS."

Both Vande Hei and Fischer are members of NASA's 2009 Astronaut Class. Vande Hei will be the first to fly, when he and Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Nikolai Tikhonov, also a first-time flyer, launch in March 2017. The three will join the station's Expedition 51 crew of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos.

Vande Hei, a colonel in the U.S. Army, hails from Falls Church, Virginia. His Army service includes a tour in Iraq during Operation Provide Comfort and, later, Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which he led an Army space support team. He is a graduate of the Army's Airborne School, Ranger School, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, and Command and General Staff College.

Vande Hei joined NASA in July 2006 to serve as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) at the Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. He was selected as an astronaut candidate three years later and, after completing his initial astronaut training in July 2011, went on to serve as the Astronaut Office's director of operations in Russia. Following his return, he resumed work in the Astronaut Office's CAPCOM Branch until his mission assignment. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1989, and a master's degree in applied physics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1999.

Fischer's mission will begin in May 2017, when he and his crewmates Fyodor Yurchikin of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA will join Vande Hei, Misurkin and Tikhonov on the station for Expedition 52.

Fischer, hailing from Louisville, Colorado, is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Fischer served two combat tours in Southwest Asia, flying the F-15E Strike Eagle during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Watch. He then became a test pilot, flying more than 50 different types of aircraft, including all types of the F-15 and F-22 Raptor. After two test assignments, Fischer served as an Air Force Fellow in Washington, with rotations serving under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

After finishing his astronaut candidate training in July 2011, Fischer also served as a CAPCOM in mission control. Additionally, he performed technical roles supporting Soyuz and space station operations. He most recently served on the Astronaut Office's Exploration team working on the next generation of human space exploration vehicles, NASA's Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, and Commercial Crew Program. Fischer graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering, and earned a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in 1998.

The crew comprising Expedition 51 will be:

  • Peggy Whitson, NASA
  • Oleg Novitskiy, Roscosmos
  • Thomas Pesquet, ESA
  • Mark Vande Hei, NASA
  • Alexander Misurkin, Roscosmos
  • Nikolai Tikhonov, Roscosmos
The crew comprising Expedition 52 will be:
  • Mark Vande Hei, NASA
  • Alexander Misurkin, Roscosmos
  • Nikolai Tikhonov, Roscosmos
  • Jack Fischer, NASA
  • Paolo Nespoli, ESA
  • Fyodor Yurchikin, Roscosmos
The space station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next giant leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.

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JAXA release
Astronaut Norishige Kanai Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) selected Astronaut Norishige Kanai as a crewmember for the 54th/55th Expedition Mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut Kanai was selected as an astronaut candidate in September 2009, and then, certified as an ISS astronaut in July 2011 after completion of all basic training requirements.

Since then, he has been continuously maintaining and improving his qualities as an ISS astronaut through various training such as the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) conducted at the underwater laboratory in the United States.

For Astronaut Kanai, this long duration stay aboard the ISS will be his first space flight.

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NASA release
NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Mission Crew Members

NASA and its International Space Station partners have announced the crew members for missions to the orbiting laboratory in 2017. The selection includes first-time space flyer NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and veteran Randy Bresnik.

"There's so much going on aboard the space station at this point, so many science experiments and technology demonstrations," said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "Scott and Randy have their work cut out for them, but I have no doubt they'll do excellent jobs."

Tingle is a member of NASA's 2009 astronaut class and will fly with cosmonauts Ivan Vagner, who is also a first-time flier, and veteran Alexander Skvortsov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. They will launch in September 2017. The three will join the station's Expedition 53 crew of NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

Tingle, a captain in the U.S. Navy, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, but considers Randolph, Massachusetts, his home. He was commissioned as a naval officer in 1991 and earned the gold wings of a naval aviator in 1993. He has accumulated more than 4,000 hours in 48 types of aircraft, 700 carrier landings and 54 combat missions.

Tingle earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Massachusetts University in Dartmouth in 1987, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering, with a specialty in fluid mechanics and propulsion, from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1988. He also is a 1998 graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School.

Bresnik's mission will begin in November 2017, when he and his crewmates Sergey Ryazansky of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will join Tingle, Skvortsov and Vagner on the station for Expedition 54.

Bresnik, who considers Santa Monica, California, to be his hometown, is a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bresnik received his commission in May 1989 and was designated a Marine Corps aviator in 1992. He flew the F/A-18 Hornet in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has accumulated more than 6,000 hours in 81 types of aircraft.

Bresnik was selected as an astronaut in May 2004. His first spaceflight was in November 2009 aboard space shuttle Atlantis for STS-129, which lasted 11 days. The flight was the 31st shuttle flight to the space station, during which Bresnik conducted two spacewalks totaling 11 hours and 50 minutes.

Bresnik graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and earned a master's degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2002. He is also a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College.

The crew comprising Expedition 53 will be:

  • Jack Fischer, NASA
  • Paolo Nespoli, ESA
  • Fyodor Yurchikin, Roscosmos
  • Scott Tingle, NASA
  • Alexander Skvortsov, Roscosmos
  • Ivan Vagner, Roscosmos
The crew comprising Expedition 54 will be:
  • Scott Tingle, NASA
  • Alexander Skvortsov, Roscosmos
  • Ivan Vagner, Roscosmos
  • Randy Bresnik, NASA
  • Sergey Ryazansky, Roscosmos
  • Norishige Kanai, JAXA

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Canadian Space Agency release
David Saint-Jacques is the Next Canadian to Fly to the International Space Station

Today the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), announced that Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques has been assigned to a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Mr. Saint-Jacques will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket in November 2018 to join an international crew onboard the orbiting laboratory. Expedition 58/59 will be the first mission for David Saint-Jacques and will mark the 17th space flight for the Canadian Astronaut Corps.

During his time in space, the astronaut will conduct a series of scientific experiments, robotics tasks and technology demonstrations, the details of which will be revealed later this year.

In addition to his extensive training, the Quebec native will bring his expertise in medicine, engineering and astrophysics to the Expedition 58/59 crew. In anticipation of this first assignment, David Saint-Jacques will begin specialized mission training in Russia, Japan, the United States and Canada starting this Summer and for the next two years until his launch.

"Today, I stand on the shoulders of all the astronauts who came before me," said Saint-Jacques. "They inspired me—they were my role models. They sparked my curiosity about space and made me want to experience spaceflight for myself. Space exploration is the next step for humanity, and I am proud to be part of it. I would like to thank the Canadian Space Agency for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am humbled to represent Canada on this mission and promise to give it my very best."

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European Space Agency release
Alexander Gerst to be Space Station commander

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been assigned a new mission to the International Space Station, where he will fulfill the role of commander during the second part of his six-month mission in 2018.

The news was announced today in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel by ESA Director General Jan Woerner at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

Alexander worked on the Station for six months on his Blue Dot mission in 2014. The German astronaut commented:

"I am humbled by receiving the honor to command the International Space Station. This international sign of trust reflects ESA's reliability as a cooperation partner, and was made possible by the fantastic work of my European colleagues on their previous missions. I am delighted by the prospect of continuing the scientific work that has been conducted on the ISS for many years. I am particularly looking forward to contributing to one of humanity's greatest exploration adventures: discovering new horizons.

Eleven European countries participate in the Station through ESA together with USA, Russia, Japan and Canada. ESA astronaut Tim Peake is currently working on the Station, to be followed by Thomas Pesquet in November.

Alexander's mission will continue the program of research that often spans multiple missions. His second flight will likely see Alexander working with ESA's Mares muscle measurement machine, researching plasma crystals in weightlessness, and testing new technologies to support ESA's human exploration program, in addition to the experiments of Station partners.

This is the second time a European astronaut will be commander of the Station in the 15 years it has been occupied – the first was Frank De Winne in 2009. Now heading the European Astronaut Centre, Frank noted, "Alexander showed outstanding performance, high professionalism and excellent interaction skills during his Blue Dot mission.

"For these reasons, the European Astronaut Centre proposed to the international partners that Alexander be the commander of the Space Station."

Alexander's second mission will run from May to November 2018 as part of Expeditions 56 and 57. He will be commander during the second part of his stay, during Expedition 57.

Alexander joined the ESA astronaut corps in 2009 and was assigned his first mission in 2011. He was awarded Germany's Order of Merit on return from his 166 days in space in 2014.


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