Image above: Expedition 43 crew members take a break from training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to pose for a crew portrait. Pictured from the right are NASA astronaut Terry Virts, commander; along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, all flight engineers. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Stafford
Expedition 43 will begin in March 2015 with the departure of Soyuz 40. Three additional crew members will launch later in March.
Crew: Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti, Anton Shkaplerov
Crew: Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko, Gennady Padalka
Launch: March 27, 2015. 3:42 p.m. EDT
Landing: Sept. 11, 2015*
*Kelly and Kornienko will remain onboard until March 2016
The One-Year Crew
* As the One-Year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will launch aboard Soyuz 42 in March 2015 and return to Earth on Soyuz 44 in March 2016.