The Expedition 50 crew is on the International Space Station. Crew members are from the United States, Russia and France. They are flying for NASA, the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and the European Space Agency.
Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Andrey Borisenko launched to the space station Oct. 19, 2016, in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the Expedition 49 crew already there and stayed aboard to become the first half of Expedition 50.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough is the commander for Expedition 50. The commander is in charge of the mission and makes sure it is a success.
Shane was born in Texas and grew up in Georgia. He graduated from West Point and Georgia Tech. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Army.
Expedition 50 is Shane's second mission to space. He flew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2008.
Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov is a flight engineer for Expedition 50. A flight engineer has many jobs. These can include performing experiments, doing spacewalks and fixing things on the space station.
Sergey is from Russia. He was a military pilot before he became a cosmonaut. Expedition 50 is his first visit to space!
Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko is a flight engineer for Expedition 50. Andrey was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia.
Andrey knows a lot about the science of flight because of his education and his work experience. He worked in the Russian space program before becoming a cosmonaut.
Andrey lived and worked on the space station for six months in 2011. So Expedition 50 is his second trip to space.
On Nov. 17, 2016, Thomas Pesquet, Peggy Whitson and Oleg Novitskiy launched to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They joined the other three members of the Expedition 50 crew already on the station.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is a flight engineer for Expedition 50. This is Peggy's third visit to the space station. She had already spent more than a year combined in space before starting this trip!
Peggy was born and raised in Iowa. She studied biology and chemistry in college.
In 2002, Peggy lived and worked on the space station for 184 days. She made one spacewalk.
In 2008, Peggy became the first woman to be the commander of the space station. On this trip, Peggy lived on the station 192 days. She completed five spacewalks.
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet is a flight engineer for Expedition 50. Thomas is flying for the European Space Agency. He is from France. He is a black belt in judo and enjoys sports. He also likes to scuba dive and skydive.
Expedition 50 is his first visit to space!
Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy is a flight engineer for Expedition 50. Oleg was born in the Minsk region of Belorussia. He was a pilot in the military before being selected as a cosmonaut.
Oleg lived and worked on the space station for six months as part of Expedition 33. So Expedition 50 is his second trip to space.
The Expedition 50 crew designed a mission patch before flying into space.
The square patch has the last names of all six crew members around the edge. In the middle of the patch, a bright white 50 outlines the moon and Earth. The space station floats in the background.