Mission or Study ID: Expedition 61
International Space Station (ISS)
International Space Station
International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 61 began October 3, 2019 with six crew on board, including Expedition 61 Commander, Luca Parmitano (ESA), Aleksandr Skvortsov (RSA), Andrew Morgan (NASA), Christina Koch (NASA), Oleg Skripochka (RSA), and Jessica Meir (NASA). It is notable that Parmitano was the first Italian astronaut to command the ISS and Koch set a new record for the longest spaceflight in history by a woman.
Though the crew continued performing more than two hundred technological demonstrations and science research experiments while operating and maintaining the station, this mission will be known for its ambitious spacewalk schedule.
Nine complex spacewalks were undertaken by the crew over a three month period. Five spacewalks were used to replace twelve batteries that store power generated by the station’s solar arrays. The remaining four spacewalks addressed needed repairs to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.
The Soyuz MS-13 undocked from the ISS with Skvortsov, Parmitano, and Koch aboard, bringing Expedition 61 to an end on February 6, 2020.