Expedition 36

Expedition 36 was the 36th long-duration mission to the International Space Station.

ISS Expedition 36
Mission typeISS Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began13 May 2013 (2013-05-13)[1]
Ended10 September 2013 (2013-09-11)
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-08M
Soyuz TMA-09M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-08M
Soyuz TMA-09M
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 35/36:
Pavel Vinogradov
Aleksandr Misurkin
Chris Cassidy

Expedition 36/37:
Karen L. Nyberg
Fyodor Yurchikhin
Luca Parmitano

(l-r) Misurkin, Vinogradov, Cassidy, Parmitano, Yurchikhin and Nyberg


Position First Part
(May 2013)
Second Part
(May 2013 to September 2013)
Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RSA
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Aleksandr Misurkin, RSA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Chris Cassidy, NASA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Karen L. Nyberg, NASA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Fyodor Yurchikhin, RSA
Fourth spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Luca Parmitano, ESA
First spaceflight



On 2013 June 16, the 50th anniversary of Vostok 6, the first spaceshot by a woman, Valentina Tereshkova, Karen L. Nyberg was one of two women in space, the other being Wang Yaping aboard Tiangong-1 on the Shenzhou 10 mission.[3]

On 2013 July 16, during EVA-23, Luca Parmitano reported that water was steadily leaking into his helmet. Flight controllers elected to abort the EVA immediately, and Parmitano made his way back to the Quest airlock, followed by Chris Cassidy, with whom he was performing the EVA. The airlock began re-pressurizing after a 1-hour and 32 minute spacewalk, and by this time Parmitano was having difficulty seeing, hearing, and speaking due to the amount of water in his suit. After re-pressurization, commander Pavel Vinogradov and crew member Fyodor Yurchikhin quickly removed Parmitano's helmet and soaked up the water with towels. Despite the incident, Parmitano was reported to be in good spirits and suffered no injury.[4][5][6]


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