The Expedition 61 crew has completed its mission on the International Space Station. Crew members came from the United States, Russia and Italy.
Astronaut Christina Koch took part in a special mission. She stayed on the space station for more than 300 days. That’s almost one year!
She launched to the space station on March 14, 2019. She landed in February 2020. She set the record for longest stay in space by a woman.
On July 20, 2019, Andrew Morgan, Alexander Skvortsov and Luca Parmitano arrived at the space station. They launched from Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft.
Astronaut Luca Parmitano was the commander for Expedition 61. The commander is in charge of the mission. He made sure it went well.
Luca is from Italy. He flew for ESA (the European Space Agency). When he was a boy, Luca knew he wanted to be an astronaut. After he finished school, he joined Italy’s air force. He was a test pilot.
Expedition 61 was Luca’s second trip to space!
NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan was a flight engineer for Expedition 61. A flight engineer has many jobs. These include doing science experiments, fixing things and going outside the space station for spacewalks.
Andrew is from Pennsylvania. First, he was a doctor in the U.S. Army. Then he became an astronaut. Expedition 61 was Andrew’s first visit to the space station! His stay on the space station will be longer than a normal six-month mission. He will live and work there until spring 2020.
Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov was a flight engineer for this mission. He is from Russia. He flew for Roscosmos. That is the name for the Russian space agency.
First Alexander was a military pilot, like his dad. Then he became a cosmonaut. This was his third time living and working on the space station.
A cosmonaut and an astronaut launched to the space station on Sept. 25, 2019. The cosmonaut was Oleg Skripochka. The astronaut was Jessica Meir. They launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka was a flight engineer for Expedition 61. Oleg is from Russia. This was his third stay on the space station.
Oleg worked as a mechanical engineer. Then he became a cosmonaut. A mechanical engineer designs, builds and runs machines. His hobbies are parachuting and bicycling.
Astronaut Jessica Meir was a flight engineer for Expedition 61. She is from Maine.
In college, Jessica studied how penguins and elephant seals are able to stay underwater for a long time. She also studied how high-flying geese can survive without much oxygen. She has been to Antarctica and Belize. She did research and SCUBA diving there. Jessica became an astronaut in 2013. This was her first mission to space!
Every expedition on the space station has its own mission patch. The Expedition 61 crew planned what would be on its patch. Then, artists designed it.
The names of the crew members are around the edge of the round mission patch. In the center, the space station flies in front of the Sun, but near Earth. The roman numerals LXI on Earth stand for “61,” the number of this expedition.