Expedition 42


ISS Expedition 42
Mission typeISS Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began10 November 2014 (2014-11-10Z) UTC
Ended11 March 2015 (2015-03-12Z) UTC
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-14M
Soyuz TMA-15M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-14M
Soyuz TMA-15M
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 41/42:
Barry E. Wilmore
Aleksandr Samokutyayev
Yelena Serova

Expedition 42/43:
Anton Shkaplerov
Samantha Cristoforetti
Terry W. Virts
ISS Expedition 42 Patch.svg Expedition 42 crew portrait.jpg
(l-r) Serova, Wilmore, Samokutyayev, Shkaplerov, Virts and Cristoforetti 

Expedition 42 was the 42nd expedition to the International Space Station. It began on 10 November 2014 with the undocking of Soyuz TMA-13M, returning the crew of Expedition 41 to Earth and ended with the undocking of Soyuz TMA-14M on 11 March 2015.[1]


Position First Part
(November 2014)
Second Part
(November 2014 to March 2015)
Commander Barry E. Wilmore, NASA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Aleksandr Samokutyayev, RSA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Yelena Serova, RSA
Only spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Samantha Cristoforetti, ASI-ESA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Terry W. Virts, NASA
Second and last spaceflight


One of the key aspects of Mission 42 - and other missions in 2015 - is the preparation (that is, reconfiguration) of parts of the ISS to allow commercial space taxis to dock at the station. The mission requires several space walks in 2015 to prepare a berthing slip is being prepared at the forward end of the Harmony connecting node where Space Shuttles formerly docked, and another on Harmony's zenith port. These new ports will allow for the Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon capsules to dock at the ISS. The first paid passengers are expected to arrive in 2019.[3]


In popular culture


  1. ^ "Expedition 41 Departs from Station in Soyuz". NASA.gov. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Upcoming ISS expeditions". Spacefacts. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  3. ^ Klotz, Irene (19 February 2015). "NASA Gearing Up to Reassemble the Space Station". Discovery Communications, LLC. Diecovery News. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  4. ^ "'Gravity' movie mission patches shaped by real space history | collectSPACE".
  5. ^ Sam Cristoforetti [@AstroSamantha] (23 September 2014). "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! The Expedition 42 poster! #42istheanswer And yes, we really really love it!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

External links

  • NASA's Space Station Expeditions page