Image above: Expedition 44 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 Kjell Lindgren; Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui; NASA astronaut Scott Kelly; Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, commander; and Mikhail Kornienko. Photo credit: NASA
Expedition 44 Crew Profiles
Soyuz 44 Crew Profiles
Expedition 44 will begin in May 2015 with the departure of Soyuz 41. Three additional crew members will arrive later in May aboard Soyuz 43. An Expedition 45/46 crew member will arrive in October aboard Soyuz 44.
Crew: Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko, Gennady Padalka
Launch: March 27, 2015
Landing: Sept. 11, 2015 *
Crew: Kjell Lindgren, Kimiya Yui, Oleg Kononenko
Launch: May 26, 2015
Landing: November 2015
Soyuz 44 (Taxi Flight)
Crew: Sergey Volkov, Andreas Mogensen (Visiting Soyuz Flight Engineer), Sarah Brightman (Spaceflight Participant)
Launch: September 1, 2015
Landing: March 2016 *
* Mogensen and Brightman will return to Earth aboard Soyuz 42 with Padalka.
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.