Expedition 43

Expedition 43 was the 43rd expedition to the International Space Station. It commenced on 11 March 2015 with the undocking of Soyuz TMA-14M, returning the crew of Expedition 42 to Earth and ended with the departure of Soyuz TMA-15M on 11 June 2015.

ISS Expedition 43
Mission typeISS Expedition
Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began11 March 2015 (2015-03-11Z) UTC
Ended11 June 2015 (2015-06-12Z) UTC
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-18M
Crew
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 42/43:
Anton Shkaplerov
Samantha Cristoforetti
Terry W. Virts

Expedition 43/44:
Gennady Padalka
Mikhail Korniyenko
Scott Kelly

(l-r) Padalka, Kelly, Shkaplerov, Cristoforetti, Kornienko, Virts
 

The Expedition 43 crew spent an extra "bonus month" on board pending investigation of the Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft failure.[1] On June 8, 2015 ISS adjusted its orbit to move to a safe distance from a piece of orbital space debris.[1]

This expedition also used the ISSpresso machine and tested a special cup designed to be drunk from in microgravity by using capillary flow.[2] This was a further development of a zero gravity cup invented by astronaut Donald Pettit and tested on ISS in 2008.[3][4] The new zero g coffee cup idea was further developed by a Fluid physicist at Portland State University among others.[5]

Crew

Position First Part
(March 2015)
Second Part
(March 2015 to June 2015)
Commander Terry W. Virts, Jr., NASA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Samantha Cristoforetti, ASI-ESA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Gennady Padalka, RSA
Fifth and last Spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Scott Kelly, NASA
Fourth and last spaceflight
Source
Spacefacts[6]

Yury Lonchakov was originally supposed to be the Flight Engineer 3. However, he resigned from the Russian Federal Space Agency on September 6, 2013, to take a position at Gazprom.[7] He was also originally supposed to be the commander of Expedition 44.

Cupola view

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