Expedition 44

Expedition 44 was the 44th expedition to the International Space Station. It commenced with the departure of Soyuz TMA-15M from the ISS with the Expedition 42/43 crew on 11 June 2015, and ended with the departure of Soyuz TMA-16M on 11 September 2015.

ISS Expedition 44
Mission typeISS Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began11 June 2015 (2015-06-11Z) UTC
Ended11 September 2015 (2015-09-12Z) UTC
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-17M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-17M
Soyuz TMA-18M
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 43/44:
Gennady I. Padalka
Mikhail Korniyenko
Scott J. Kelly

Expedition 44/45:
Oleg Kononenko
Kimiya Yui
Kjell N. Lindgren
ISS Expedition 44 Patch.svg Expedition 44 crew portrait.jpg
(l-r) Kjell Lindgren, Oleg Kononenko, Kimiya Yui, Scott Kelly, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko 

Yury Lonchakov was originally supposed to be the commander of Expedition 44 following being Flight Engineer 3 on Expedition 43. However, he resigned from the Russian Federal Space Agency on September 6, 2013.[1]


Position First Part
(June to July 2015)
Second Part
(July 2015 to September 2015)
Commander Gennady Padalka, RSA
Fifth and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Scott Kelly, NASA
Fourth and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Oleg Kononenko, RSA
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Kimiya Yui, JAXA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Kjell N. Lindgren, NASA
First spaceflight


In July 2015, Kelly and Lindgren became the first Americans ever to eat food grown entirely in space[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Russian cosmonaut set for space station mission resigns". UPI. Space Daily. 5 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Upcoming ISS expeditions". Spacefacts. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  3. ^ "Astronauts Snack on Space-Grown Lettuce for First Time". Space.com. Retrieved 2015-08-11.

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