Expedition 53

ISS Expedition 53
Mission typeISS Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began12 September 2017[1]
Ended14 December 2017[2]
Arrived aboardSoyuz MS-05
Soyuz MS-06
Departed aboardSoyuz MS-05
Soyuz MS-06
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 52/53:
Sergey Ryazansky
Randolph J. Bresnik
Paolo Nespoli
Expedition 53/54:
Alexander Misurkin
Mark T. Vande Hei
Joseph Acaba
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(l-r) Acaba, Misurkin, Vande Hei, Ryazansky, Bresnik and Nespoli 

Expedition 53 was the 53rd expedition to the International Space Station, which began upon the departure of Soyuz MS-04 on September 3, 2017 and concluded upon the departure of Soyuz MS-05 on December 14, 2017. Randolph Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli and Sergey Ryazansky were transferred from Expedition 52, with Randolph Bresnik taking the commander role. Transfer of Command from Expedition 53 to Expedition 54 was done on December 13, 2017. Expedition 53 officially ended on December 14, 2017 5:14 UTC, with the undocking of Soyuz MS-05.[2]


Position First Part
(August 2017 to September 2017)[3]
Second Part
(September 2017 to December 2017)
Commander United States Randolph J. Bresnik, NASA
Second Spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Sergey Ryazansky, RSA
Second and last Spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Italy Paolo Nespoli, ESA
Third and last Spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Russia Alexander Misurkin, RSA
Second Spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 United States Mark T. Vande Hei, NASA
First Spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 United States Joseph M. Acaba, NASA
Third Spaceflight

On March 2017, after agreements with RSA, NASA announced that Joseph Acaba will be assigned to Expedition 53 and 54 crews which previously included only Mark Vande Hei and Alexander Misurkin. Shannon Walker trained as a backup for Acaba.[4]

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