Expedition 58 began with handover of command of the International Space Station (ISS) from Expedition 57 commander, Alexander Gerst (ESA) to Expedition 58 commander, Oleg Kononenko (RSA) on December 18, 2018. Two days later, Gerst and his Expedition 57 crewmates, Serena Auñón-Chancellor (NASA), and Sergey Prokopyev (RSA) returned to Earth aboard their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.
On board with Kononenko are Anne McClain (NASA), and David Saint-Jacques (CSA). The crew will maintain the ISS and continue to perform the many research tasks which are in progress or just beginning. They will also greet several visiting cargo vehicles during their mission. The planned January 17 arrival of the first unmanned commercial crew vehicle is expected to be delayed due the partial United States government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018.
The Expedition 58 crew will transition to Expedition 59 upon the arrival of three additional crew following the launch of their Soyuz MS-12 to the ISS on February 28, 2019. The resident crew will be joined by Alexey Ovchinin (RSA), Nick Hague (NASA), and Christina Koch (NASA).