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Expedition 53

Occurred 6 years ago

The Expedition 53 crew explored therapies to counteract space-caused symptoms and studied using synthetic materials to accelerate bone repair. Research gear was set up to observe cosmic rays to understand the Universe's fundamental structure while other station hardware demonstrated manufacturing superior optical fiber in microgravity.

Mission Type

ISS Expedition

meet the crew

Randy Bresnik, Alexander Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei, Sergey Ryazanskiy, Joe Acaba, Paolo Nespoli


July 28, 2017


Dec. 14, 2017

Crew Members

Randy Bresnik, Commander
Alexander Misurkin, Flight Engineer
Mark Vande Hei, Flight Engineer
Sergey Ryazanskiy, Flight Engineer
Joe Acaba, Flight Engineer
Paolo Nespoli, Flight Engineer

Crew and Cargo Missions

12/14/17 – Exp 52/53 Land
12/6/17 – Orbital ATK CRS-8 Release
11/14/17 – Orbital ATK CRS-8 Capture
11/12/17 – Orbital ATK CRS-8 Launch
10/16/17 – ISS Progress 68 Docks
10/14/17 – ISS Progress 68 Launch
9/17/17 – SpaceX CRS-12 Release
9/12/17 – Exp 53/54 Launch/Dock


Date: Oct. 20, 2017
Duration: 6 hours, 49 minutes
Spacewalkers: Randy BresnikJoe Acaba

Oct. 10, 2017
Duration: 6 hours, 26 minutes
Spacewalkers: Randy BresnikMark Vande Hei

Oct. 5, 2017
Duration: 6 hours, 55 minutes
Spacewalkers: Randy BresnikMark Vande Hei