Expedition 61

Expedition 61 is the 61st and current Expedition to the International Space Station, which began on 3 October 2019 with the undocking of the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft.[1] The Expedition is commanded by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, who became the third European and first Italian astronaut to command the ISS.[3] Parmitano, along with his Soyuz MS-13 colleagues Aleksandr Skvortsov[3] and Andrew Morgan,[3] and Christina Koch from Soyuz MS-12,[4] transferred over from Expedition 60. They were joined by Oleg Skripochka[4] and Jessica Meir,[4] who launched on 25 September 2019 on board Soyuz MS-15.[4]

ISS Expedition 61
Mission duration72d 17h 34m (in progress)
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began3 October 2019 07:37 UTC[1]
Arrived aboardSoyuz MS-12
Soyuz MS-13
Soyuz MS-15
Departed aboardTBD
Crew size6
EVA duration33h 44m[2]

From left: NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, astronaut Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency), Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch.


Position Crew member
Commander Luca Parmitano, ESA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Aleksandr Skvortsov, RSA
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Andrew Morgan, NASA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Christina Koch, NASA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Oleg Skripochka, RSA
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Jessica Meir, NASA
First spaceflight

Other crewed spaceflights to the ISS

According to a Flight Planning Integration Panel (FPIP) document obtained by NASAspaceflight.com in June 2019, Expedition 61 was tentatively scheduled to see two visits from Commercial Crew Development spacecraft.[5]

  • The Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission with American astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley had a planning date for a November 15, 2019 launch and November 22 landing, with a brief stay on the ISS in between.
  • The Boeing Crewed Flight Test of the Starliner capsule had a planning date for a November 30, 2019 launch. This would see American astronauts Mike Finke, Nicole Mann, and Chris Ferguson dock to the International Space Station on December 1 and remain on the station until May 2020; it is unclear if these astronauts would be formally considered ISS visitors, part of the Expedition 61 crew, or prompt the start of Expedition 62.


There were multiple spacewalks in order to repair and improve ISS batteries. On 18 October 2019 Christina Koch and Jessica Meir took the first all female spacewalk in history.[6]


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