Expedition 17


ISS Expedition 17
Mission typeISS Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began8 April 2008 (2008-04-08)
Ended24 October 2008 (2008-10-25)
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-12
Reisman: STS-123
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Chamitoff: STS-124[1]
Space Shuttle Discovery
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-12
Reisman: STS-124[1]
Space Shuttle Discovery
Chamitoff: STS-126
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Crew size3
MembersSergei Volkov*
Oleg Kononenko
Garrett Reisman* (to June)
Gregory Chamitoff† (from June)
* - transferred from Expedition 16
† - transferred to Expedition 18
ISS Expedition 17 patch.svg Expedition 17 crew portrait B.jpg
(Left to right) Greg Chamitoff, Garrett Reisman, Sergei Volkov, Oleg Kononenko 

Expedition 17 was the 17th expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). The first two crew members, Sergey Volkov, and Oleg Kononenko were launched on 8 April 2008, aboard the Soyuz TMA-12. Once aboard the station, they joined Garrett Reisman, who transferred from Expedition 16 to join the Expedition 17 crew.

Reisman was replaced by Gregory Chamitoff, who launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-124 on 31 May 2008. Volkov and Kononenko landed safely on 24 October 2008, while Chamitoff remained aboard the station as an Expedition 18 crewmember.


First Part
(April 2008 to June 2008)
Second Part
(June 2008 to October 2008)
Commander Sergei Volkov, RSA
First spaceflight
Soyuz TMA-12 Commander
Flight Engineer 1 Oleg Kononenko, RSA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Garrett Reisman, NASA
First spaceflight
Gregory Chamitoff, NASA
First spaceflight
  • Sergei Volkov, 35, was the youngest person to command the ISS.[3]
  • Garrett Reisman was the first Jewish resident of the ISS.[4]
  • Gregory Chamitoff was the first crewmember to take bagels with him to the station; three bags of 18 sesame seed bagels.[5][6]
  • Reisman launched to the station on STS-123 in March, which was during the Expedition 16 spaceflight. He landed on STS-124.
  • Chamitoff launched to the station on STS-124 in June, and stayed through Expedition 18, leaving the station on STS-126 in November.

Backup crew


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ a b NASA (2007). "STS-124". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
  2. ^ NASA (2007). "NASA Announces Three International Space Station Crews". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
  3. ^ "First Korean astronaut quits space station". The Economic Times. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  4. ^ Joshua Runyan & Tamar Runyan (13 March 2008). "Chasidic Gathering in Florida Sends Off Jewish Astronaut". Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  5. ^ CTV.ca Montreal-born astronaut brings bagels into space Archived 2 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine Sun. Jun. 1 2008 7:29 PM ET ; CTV National News - 1 June 2008 - 11pm TV newscast
  6. ^ Block, Irwin (3 June 2008) "Here's proof: Montreal bagels are out of this world" Archived 4 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine, The Gazette (Montreal), Section A, Page A2

External links

  • Expedition 17 Photography