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Mission or Study ID:   Expedition 65
International Space Station (ISS)
International Space Station
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184 days
Expedition 65 Mission Patch

Expedition 65 began with the undocking of the Soyuz MS-17 from the International Space Station (ISS) on April 16, 2021, returning three Expedition 64 crewmembers, including NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, to Earth.

Remaining behind were four Crew-1 crewmates (Michael Hopkins (NASA), Victor Glover (NASA), Soichi Noguchi (NASA), and Shannon Walker (NASA)) as well as three recently arrived Expedition 65 crew including Oleg Novitskiy (RSA), Pyotr Dubrov (RSA), and Mark Vande Hei (NASA).

Walker assumed command of the ISS with the departure of MS-17, but only until additional Expedition 65 crew arrived.

Crew-2, the second operational mission utilizing the SpaceX Crew Dragon, launched to the ISS on April 23, 2021. Crew-2 crewmembers included Shane Kimbrough (NASA), Megan McArthur (NASA), Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA), and Thomas Pesquet (ESA). After successful docking, the hatch between the ISS and the Crew Dragon was opened early on April 24, 2021, completing the Expedition 65 crew.

As the Crew-1 crew prepared to return home on April 27, 2021, a change of command ceremony was held during which Walker turned command of Expedition 65 over to Hoshide. Weather conditions in the landing zone delayed undocking and return to Earth of the Crew-1 Dragon and her crew for several days. Originally planned to occur on April 28, Crew-1 undocked on May 1, splashing down on May 2, 2021.

While operating and maintaining the space station's systems, the Expedition 65 crew continued to operate the many science experiments in progress as well as initiate new investigations and undertake technology demonstrations. Several spacewalks were completed, and several unpiloted spacecraft delivered supplies to the ISS.

The population onboard the ISS increased once again on October 5, 2021 when the MS-19 Soyuz arrived carrying cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (RSA), and two spaceflight participants Klim Shipenko and Yulia Peresild. Shipenko (producer-director) and Peresild (actress) lived and worked on the ISS for twelve days while they filmed a movie as part of a joint project for Roscosmos and Channel One.

Expedition 65 concluded with the undocking of the Soyuz MS-18 on October 17, 2021, returning Novitskiy, Shipenko, and Peresild to Earth.

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