Thursday, May 25, 2023

Expedition 69 & Axiom Space Ax-2 Crew Photos | International Space Station

Expedition 69 & Axiom Space Ax-2 Crew Photos | International Space Station

Axiom Mission-2 and Expedition 69 crew members. In the center front row, is Expedition 69 crew member and United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Alneyadi flanked by (from left) Axiom Mission-2 crew members Commander Peggy Whitson (USA), Mission Specialist Ali Alqarni (Saudi Arabia), Pilot John Shoffner (USA), and Mission Specialist Rayyanah Barnawi (Saudi Arabia). In the back (from left) are, Expedition 69 crew members Roscosmos cosmonaut Dmitri Petelin (Russia), NASA astronaut Stephen Bowen, Roscosmos cosmonauts Andrey Fedyaev (Russia) and Sergey Prokopyev (Russia), and NASA astronaut Woody Hoburg. Not pictured is NASA astronaut Frank Rubio.

United Arab Emirates astronaut Astronaut Sultan Alneyadi observes a free-flying Astrobee robotic assistant
NASA Astronaut Frank Rubio removes science hardware from Kibo's airlock
NASA Astronaut Woody Hoburg photographs Lake Nasser in Egypt
NASA Astronaut Hoburg photographs the Saudi Arabian coast
NASA spacesuits pictured inside the Quest airlock
SpaceX Freedom Dragon crew ship with Axiom Mission-2 crew

Axiom Space Ax-2 crew commander Peggy Whitson (USA), pilot John Shoffner (USA), and mission specialists Ali Alqarni (Saudi Arabia) and Rayyanah Barnawi (Saudi Arabia), were welcomed aboard the International Space Station by the Expedition 69 crew shortly after their SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docked at 11 a.m. EDT Monday, May 22, 2023. 

The Ax-2 crew received their astronaut wings from America's most-experienced astronaut, Peggy Whitson, formerly of NASA.

Rayyanah Barnawi is making history as the first Arab woman aboard the International Space Station. She has become the 600th astronaut.

Expedition 69 Crew (May 2023)
Station Commander: Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos (Russia)
Roscosmos (Russia): Flight Engineers Dmitri Petelin & Andrey Fedyaev
Flight Engineer Sultan Alneyadi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
NASA: Flight Engineers Frank Rubio, Stephen Bowen, Warren Hoburg

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Image Dates: May 24-25, 2023

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