Expedition 59 is the 59th Expedition to the International Space Station, started on 14 March 2019 with the arrival of the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft carrying Aleksey Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Christina Koch. Ovchinin and Hague were originally meant to fly to the ISS aboard Soyuz MS-10, but had to return minutes after takeoff due to an unforeseen anomaly. The three will subsequently transfer to the Expedition 60 crew, with Ovchinin as commander, after the undocking of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft, scheduled for July 2019.
Researchers on Expedition 59 will conduct experimentation on tissue chips because the microgravity environment can replicate the effects of aging and disease. The expedition will also conduct experiments on regolith stimulants and Earth’s atmospheric carbon cycle. Lastly, the expedition will also test Astrobee robots designed to conduct routine chores aboard the ISS.
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