Expedition 62 to the International Space Station (ISS) began on February 6, 2020, with Soyuz MS-13 spaceships. The expedition currently consists of three crew members: Cmdr. Oleg Skripochka from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, as well as two NASA astronauts, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan.
The ISS will back up to its regular population of six crew members with the arrival of NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two Russian cosmonauts, Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. On April 16, Skripochka hands over the command of the ISS to Cassidy, marking the end of Expedition 62 and the start of Expedition 63.
See photos of the Expedition 62 crew in action and photos taken by the crew in space in this Space.com gallery.
Expedition 62 insignia
The official insignia for Expedition 62 includes the names of astronauts and an astronaut holding one star along with another carrying a blade.
This official crew portrait, taken April 17, 2019, shows (from left): Andrew Morgan from NASA, Oleg Skripochka from Roscosmos and Jessica Meir from NASA.
Expedition 62 t-shirts
The three-member Expedition 62 crew – Oleg Skripochka, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan – poses with their missions patch shirts at the International Space Station on February 7, 2020.
Astronaut’s view of Earth from space
The International Space Station, California’s San Francisco Bay, the Pacific, and the Washington State Columbia River offer spectacular views on February 9, 2020.
Play with water in “zero-g”
Water is flowing in a rolling sphere when NASA’s flight engineer Jessica Meir looks at NASA. This photo February 9, 2020 shows the effects of microgravity on water.
Brain experiments in orbit
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir participates in Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Cerebral Autoregulation experiment aboard the International Space Station on February 10, 2020. The study investigates how microgravity affects how the regulation of blood flow to the brain changes in microgravity. One goal of the study is “applications for future space travelers and patients back on Earth,” according to Meir.
Airglow and sun sets
Sunlight hits the International Space Station’s sun sets with a golden shimmer in this photo by Jessica Meir on February 10, 2020.
Nightly clouds seen from space
The highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere – nocturnal or “night shining” clouds – glow in this image taken from the ISS on February 12, 2020. Noctilucent clouds only occur when the sun shines on clouds below the Earth’s horizon.
Chillin ‘in Cupola
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir represents her alma mater, Brown University, as she looks at the Earth through the observer Cupola aboard the International Space Station, February 13, 2020. When she tweeted this photo, Meir said she was trying to “detect the Van Wickle gates from space!”
NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan “sit” on the shoulders of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka as they pose for another “zero-g” group photo on February 14, 2020.
The last quarter moon lies behind the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm in this photo by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. She and her Expedition 62 crewmate Andrew Morgan used Canadarm2 to grab an oncoming Cygnus charging vessel on February 18, 2020.
Key West seen from space
NASA astronauts Jessica Meir captured the lively view of Key West, Florida, from 428 miles above Earth, February 17, 2020. “Many loved the memories of idyllic #KeyWest #Florida, including @NASA_Astronauts flight training with landings @NASKeyWest,” Meir tweeted.
Astronauts welcome S. Robert H. Lawrence
In the wake of Black History Month, Northrop Grumman named its 13th Cygnus Charge after the US Air Force in May. Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., the first African American to ever be selected as an astronaut. Cygnus NG-13 cargo ships arrived at the International Space Station on February 18, 2020, with more than £ 7,500. (3,400 kg) of scientific experiments, supplies and other important tools for the station’s three-person Expedition 62 crew.
S. Robert H. Lawrence attitude
Northrup Grumman’s Cygnus NG-13 arrives at ISS on February 18, 2020. The cargo ship, full of supplies for the space station, was named after a US Air Force test pilot, May. Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., the first African American elected to a national space program.
Astronauts sport protective gear
The astronaut crew on Expedition 62 is pictured in a SpaceX Dragon resume craft, March 9, 2020. The crew carries portable breathing equipment as it goes in to test the spacecraft’s atmosphere for particles and irritants that could have been released when launched into space.
St. Patrick’s Day in space
NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan tweeted this photo of an Irish flag hovering in one of the windows of the Cupola Observatory on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).
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