International Space Station Personnel

See the Statistics page for additional demographic data or NASA's astronaut bio page. A listing of active cosmonauts is available on Dennis Newkirk's Russian Aerospace Guide. NOTES: Ages as of launch; MS: mission specialist; PS: payload specialist; FE: flight engineer; SO: science officer; EV: spacewalker; M/X: Married/single/divorced with X kids

International Space Station: Expeditions 41/42

Left to right: Reid Wiseman (NASA; Soyuz TMA-13M), Alexander Gerst (ESA, Soyuz TMA-13M), Maxim Suraev (RSA, Soyuz TMA-13M), Barry Wilmore (NASA, Soyuz TMA-14M), Alexander Samokutyaev (RSA; Soyuz TMA-14M), Elena Serova (RSA; Soyuz TMA-14M). (Credit: NASA)

ISS-38/39, Soyuz TMA-13M

Launch: 05/28/14 19:57:42 GMT
Landing (planned): 11/10/14
Mission duration (predicted): 165.33 days days

ISS-40 FE/ISS-41 CDR/Soyuz TMA-13M CDR:
Maxim Suraev (RSA; center seat)
42; TMA-16/ISS-21/22; M/2; DOB: 05/24/72; Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia; Time in space: 169.2 days (334.5 days at landing)

ISS-40/41 FE/Soyuz TMA-13M Board Engineer:
Navy Cmdr. Reid Wiseman (NASA; left seat)
38; Rookie; M/2; DOB: 11/11/75; Hometown: Baltimore, MD; TIS: 0.0 days (165.33 days at landing)

ISS-ISS-40/41 FE/Soyuz TMA-11M Flight Engineer:
Alexander Gerst, Ph.D. (ESA; right seat)
38; Rookie; S/0; DOB: 05/03/76; Hometown: Kunzelsau, Germany; TIS: 0.0 days (165.33 days at landing)

ISS-41/42, Soyuz TMA-14M
Launch: 09/26/14 00:25:00 GMT
Landing (planned): 03/12/15
Mission duration (predicted): 167.15 days

ISS-41/42 FE/Soyuz TMA-14M CDR:
Alexander Samokutyaev (RSA; center seat)
44; TMA-21/ISS-27/28; M/1; DOB: 03/13/70; Hometown: Penza, Russia; Time in space: 164.2 days (331.3 days at landing)

ISS-41/42 FE/Soyuz TMA-14M Board Engineer:
Elena Serova (RSA; left seat)
38; Rookie; M/1; DOB: 04/22/76; Hometown: Vozdvizhenka, Russia; TIS: 0.0 days (167.1 days at landing)

ISS-41 FE/ISS-42 CDR/Soyuz TMA-14M Flight Engineer:
Barry "Butch" Wilmore (NASA; right seat)
51; STS-129; M/2; DOB: 12/29/62; Hometown: Mt. Juliet, TN; TIS: 10.8 days (177.9 days at landing)

ISS-40/41, Soyuz TMA-13M Crew Bios
(Launched: 05/28/2014)

Source: NASA, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Russian Cosmonaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born May 24, 1972, in Chelyabinsk. Married to Suraeva (nee Khorokhordina) Anna Alexandrovna. They have two daughters, Arina and Ksenia. Hobbies include SCUBA diving, fishing, sports and reading.

EDUCATION: In 1994, he graduated with honors from the Kachin Air Force Pilot School as pilot-engineer; graduated with honors from the Zhukovski Air Force Academy in 1997 as pilot-engineer-researcher; received a law degree from the Russian Academy of Civil Service in 2007.

EXPERIENCE: Suraev is qualified to fly L-39 and Su-27 aircraft, and has logged around 700 hours of flight time. Suraev is a Class 3 Air Force pilot, a qualified diver and paraborne instructor.

From December 1997 to November 1999, Suraev completed basic space training and was qualified as a test-cosmonaut. He began ISS advanced training in January 2000.

Starting January 2000 he was in ISS advanced training. Suraev was GCTC’s Director of Operations-Houston at Johnson Space Center from 2001 until 2002. From March 2006 until April 2008 he was assigned as a backup ISS 17 crewmember. From April 2008 until March 2009 he was a member of the ISS 19/20 backup crew.

Suraev launched on September 30, 2009 as the commander of Soyuz TMA-16. As a flight engineer on the ISS Expeditions 21 and 22 crews, he completed the integration of the new MRM-2 module into the Russian Segment and performed an EVA of 5 hours and 44 minutes duration. The Soyuz TMA-16 crew landed in Kazakhstan on March 18, 2010. Suraev has logged more than 169 days in space.

Suraev has been assigned to the Expedition 36 crew as a flight engineer and is scheduled to fly to the ISS aboard Soyuz 35 in late May 2013. He will then assume command of Expedition 37 with the undocking of Soyuz 34 in September 2013.

MARCH 2011

NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born in 1975, Wiseman’s hometown is Baltimore, Maryland. Married to the former Carroll Taylor of Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have two daughters. Wiseman’s parents, Bill and Judy Wiseman, reside in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Dulaney High School, Timonium, Maryland, 1993; Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1997; Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2006.

ORGANIZATIONS: Tailhook Association, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

SPECIAL HONORS: Air Medal with Combat V (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, various other campaign and service awards.

EXPERIENCE: Wiseman was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) following graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997 and reported to Pensacola, Florida, for flight training. He was designated as a Naval Aviator in 1999 and reported to Fighter Squadron 101, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, for transition to the F-14 Tomcat. Following his initial training, Wiseman was assigned to Fighter Squadron 31, also at Oceana, and made two deployments to the Middle East, supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During his second deployment in 2003, he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 125. Following graduation in June 2004, Wiseman was assigned as a Test Pilot and Project Officer at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. At VX-23, Wiseman earned his master’s degree and worked various flight test programs involving the F-35 Lightning II, F-18 weapons separation, Ship Suitability and the T-45 Goshawk. Following his tour at Patuxent River, Wiseman reported to Carrier Air Wing Seventeen as the Strike Operations Officer, where he completed a deployment around South America. From there, he was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, flying the FA-18F Super Hornet. He was deployed to the Middle East when he was selected for astronaut training.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Wiseman reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 2009 and completed astronaut candidate training in May 2011. He is currently serving as flight engineer aboard the International Space Station for Expedition 41.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Expedition 40/41 - On May 29, 2014, Wiseman launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station along with Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Upon reaching the station, they joined NASA astronaut and Commander Steven Swanson, cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos.


MAY 2014

ESA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Alexander Gerst was born in Künzelsau, Germany, on 3 May 1976. His favourite sports are fencing, swimming and running. He especially enjoys outdoor activities such as skydiving, snowboarding, hiking, mountaineering, climbing and scuba diving.

EDUCATION: Alexander graduated from the Technical High School in Öhringen, Germany, in 1995.

In 2003 he received a diploma in geophysics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and a master’s degree in Earth sciences from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Both degrees were awarded with distinction.

In 2010 Alex graduated with a Doctorate in Natural Sciences at the Institute of Geophysics of the University of Hamburg, Germany. His dissertation was on geophysics and volcanic eruption dynamics.

ORGANIZATIONS: The International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI); The German Geophysical Society (DGG); The European Geosciences Union (EGU); The European Volcanological Society (SVE); The American Geophysical Union (AGU)

EXPERIENCE: During school, Alex volunteered as a boy scout leader, fire-fighter and water rescue lifeguard. As a student, from 1998 to 2003 he participated in various international scientific collaborations and field experiments. Several of these expeditions led him to remote locations such as Antarctica where he installed scientific instruments.

From 2001 to 2003, researching his master’s thesis on a volcano in New Zealand, Alex developed new volcano monitoring techniques that might improve forecasts of volcanic eruptions. The results were published in Science Magazine.

Alexander worked on developing scientific instruments at the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Hamburg between 2004 and 2009.

From 2005 to 2009, whilst at the Institute of Geophysics, he also worked towards his doctorate, investigating volcanic eruption dynamics on active volcanoes. His research goal was to determine the mechanics and the energy released during the first seconds of a volcanic eruption. His research led him to visit volcanoes on all continents, concentrating on an active volcano in Antarctica. In 2007 Alexander received the Bernd Rendel award for outstanding research from the DFG German Research Foundation.

Alexander was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. He joined ESA in September 2009 and completed Astronaut Basic Training in November 2010.

In September 2011, Alexander was assigned to fly to the International Space Station on a six-month mission. He will serve as a flight engineer for Expeditions 40 and 41. He will be launched on a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in May 2014, returning to Earth in November 2014. His comprehensive research programme will include a wide variety of European and international science experiments.

LAST UPDATED 24 March 2014

ISS-41/42, Soyuz TMA-14M Crew Bios
Launched: 09/26/14

Source: NASA, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

(Lt. Colonel, Russian Air Force)
Test-Cosmonaut Of Yu. A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

PERSONAL DATA: Born March 13, 1970, in Penza, Russia. Married to Samokutyaeva (nee Zosimova) Oksana Nikolaevna. They have one daughter, Anastasia, born in 1995. His parents, Maikhail Nikolaevich and Maria Alexandrovna Samokutyaev, reside in Penza. Hobbies include ice hockey, traveling

EDUCATION: Graduated from the Chernigov Air Force Pilot School as pilot-engineer in 1992, and in 2000 from the Gagarin Air Force Academy.

AWARDS: Recipient of various Russian Armed Force medals.

EXPERIENCE: Samokutyaev flew Vilga-35A,-L-13 Blanik, L-39, SU-24? aircraft as pilot, senior pilot and deputy commander of air squadron. Samokutyaev has logged 680 hours of flight time and performed 250 parachute jumps. He is a Class 3 Air Force pilot and a qualified diver. After graduation from the Academy he was appointed as GCTC 2nd division department chief.

SPACE FLIGHT TRAINING: Samokutyaev was selected as a GCTC cosmonaut-candidate in 2003. From June 2003 to June 2005 he completed basic spaceflight training and passed the exams with excellent grades. In July, 2005 Samokutyaev received the qualification of a test-cosmonaut. Starting August 2005 till November 2008 he was in ISS advanced training. Since December 2008 he has trained as an ISS 23/24 backup crewmember - Soyuz commander, ISS 23/24 flight engineer.

MARCH 2010

Roskosmos Test Cosmonaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born April 22, 1976, in Vozdvizhenka, Ussurijsk Region of Primorsky Area, Russia.

EDUCATION: In March 2001 graduated from aerospace department of the Moscow Aviation Institute as a test engineer.

In 2003 graduated from the Moscow State Academy of instrument-making and information as an economist.

EXPERIENCE: Prior to selection to the Cosmonaut Corps Serova worked as a 2nd category engineer at the Energia Rocket Space Corporation and the MCC-Moscow.

COSMONAUT SELECTION DATE AND CLASS: On October 11, 2006, the Interdepartmental Board recommended that she be assigned to the Energia Rocket/Space Corporation Cosmonaut Corps as a cosmonaut candidate.

In February 2007 she started a two-year course of basic training for spaceflight.

In December 2006 by the order of the Ministry of Defense she was assigned to the GCTC Cosmonaut Corps as a test cosmonaut candidate.

On June 9, 2009, the Interdepartmental Board certified her as a test cosmonaut of the Energia Rocker and Space Corporation.

SCIENCE ACTIVITIES: Completed a postgraduate course at the Energia Rocket Space Corporation (extramural training).

CURRENT STATUS: Since 2011 Serova is a test cosmonaut of the Roscosmos Cosmonaut Corps.


NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: He is married to the former Miss Deanna Newport of Helenwood, Tennessee and they have two daughters. He was raised in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee where his parents Eugene and Faye Wilmore still reside. His brother Jack and family reside in Franklin, Tennessee.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University. Master of Science in Aviation Systems, University of Tennessee. Mount Juliet High School, Mount Juliet, Tennesee.

SPECIAL HONORS: Navy Meritorious Service Medal, five Air Medals, three with Combat 'V' designation. Six Navy Commendation Medal, three of which also hold the Combat 'V' designation. Two Navy Achievement Medal and numerous unit decorations. Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) “Distinguished Naval Graduate.” Initial Naval Flight Training “Commodores List with Distinction.” United States Atlantic Fleet “Light Attack Wing One - Pilot of the Year” (1991). U.S. Atlantic Fleet "Strike Fighter Aviator of the Year" (1999). Recipient of the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic “Scott Speicher Award” for Weapons Employment Excellence (1998). Tennessee Technological University “Sports Hall of Fame” Inductee for football (2003). Tennessee Technological University Outstanding Alumus and Engineer of Distinction (2010). Honorary Doctorate, Tennessee Technological University (2012).

EXPERIENCE: Wilmore has accumulated more than 6800 flight hours and 663 carrier landings, all in tactical jet aircraft, and is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS).

During his tenure as a fleet Naval officer and pilot, Wilmore completed four operational deployments, flying the A-7E and FA 18 aircraft from the decks of the USS Forrestal, USS Kennedy, USS Enterprise and the USS Eisenhower aircraft carriers. He has flown missions in support of Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Southern Watch over the skies of Iraq, as well as missions over Bosnia in support of United States and NATO interests. Wilmore successfully completed 21 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm while operating from the flight deck of the USS Kennedy. His most recent operational deployment was aboard the USS Eisenhower with the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (VFA-34), an F/A-18 squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.

As a Navy test pilot, Wilmore participated in all aspects of the initial development of the T-45 jet trainer to include initial carrier landing certification and high angle of attack flight tests. His test tour also included a stint at USNTPS as a systems and fixed wing Flight Test Instructor. Prior to his selection to NASA, Wilmore was on exchange to the United States Air Force as a Flight Test Instructor at the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as an astronaut by NASA in July 2000, Wilmore reported for training in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was assigned technical duties representing the Astronaut Office on all propulsion systems issues including the space shuttle main engines, solid rocket motor, external tank, and also led the astronaut support team that traveled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in support of launch and landing operations. He completed his first flight as pilot on STS-129 and has logged more than 259 hours in space.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-129 (November 16 - 29, 2009) was the 31st shuttle flight to the International Space Station. During the mission, the crew delivered two Express Logistics Carrier (ELC racks) and about 30,000 pounds of replacement parts to maintain the station’s proper orientation in space. The mission also featured three spacewalks. The STS-129 mission was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits, and returned to Earth bringing back with them NASA astronaut, Nicole Stott, following her tour of duty aboard the station.

In September of 2014, Wilmore is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur on Cosmodrome, Kazakstan Soyuz 40S to the International Space Station. Wilmore is scheduled to assume command of the station in November 2014.