Mission or Study ID: Expedition 47
International Space Station (ISS)
International Space Station
On March 2, 2016 crew from the Expedition 45/46 undocked and returned to Earth, beginning Expedition 47 with the 3 Expedition 46/47 crewmembers: Commander Timothy Kopra, and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Timothy Peake. The Expedition 46/47 crew were joint in mid March by the Expedition 47/48 crewmembers: Aleksey Ovchinin, RSA, Olge Skripochka, RSA and Jeffrey Williams, NASA. On June 18, 2016, the Expedition 46/47 undocked in Soyuz TMA-19M and returned Malenchenko, Kopra and Peake to Earth. After the undock of the Soyuz, Expedition 47 was completed and Expedition 48 began with Jeff Williams as Commander, with Flight Engineers Malenchenko and Peake.
During Expedition 47, researchers investigated space flight’s effect human adaptation to microgravity, the ability of tablets to dissolve in microgravity, study of rodent's musculoskeletal system, and how robotics can make exercise equipment smaller to minimize space dedicated to equipment and leave more room for crew during a long-duration mission. Investigations like these demonstrate how space station crews help advance NASA's journey to Mars while making discoveries that can benefit all of humanity.