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Expedition 53/54 (ISS-53/54)

KEY MISSION TASKS OF EXPEDITION ISS-53
(September 4 - December 14, 2017)

  • Launch of one ISS-53/54 Russian crewmember and two NASA ISS-53/54 Expedition crewmembers by spacecraft Soyuz MS-06;
  • Docking of Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft to Mini Research Module Poisk (MRM2);
  • Docking of Cygnus OA-8 to Node1-Nadir using SSRMS (to be determined);
  • Docking of Progress MS-07 vehicle to Instrument Compartment of Service Module Zvezda ;
  • Docking of Dragon SpX-13 to Node2-Nadir (to be determined);
  • Loading and undocking of Dragon SpX-13 from Node2-Nadir (to be determined);
  • Loading and undocking of Progress MS-06 vehicle from DC1 Pirs;
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  • Operational support for loading and undocking of Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from Mini Research Module Rassvet (MRM1) (return of three ISS-52/53 Expedition crewmembers);
  • Performance of one RSOS-based EVA;
  • Performance of one USOS-based EVA;
  • Support of the Space Station functionality;
  • Performance of the science and application research program and experiments;
  • Conduct of the onboard photos, video imagery of the ISS RS flight history and performing operations under the symbolic activity program.

The ISS-53 crew consists of 3 persons (September 4 - September 12, 2017), 6 persons (September 13 - December 14, 2017).