Big Island Hawaii from International Space Station, December 12, 2017

Big Island Hawaii from International Space Station, December 12, 2017

Randy “Komrade” Bresnik, the commander of the Expedition 53 (the 53rd expedition to the International Space Station) took this beautiful photo of Big Island Hawaii on December 12, 2017.

Randolph James “Komrade” Bresnik (also known as Randy “Komrade” Bresnik, born September 11, 1967) is an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a NASA astronaut.

In November 2009, he flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-129. He participated in the second and the third spacewalks of the mission. Bresnik’s two spacewalks totalled 11 hours and 50 minutes. His wife Rebecca gave birth to their daughter, Abigail Mae Bresnik on 21 November 2009 at 11:04 p.m. CST, while he was on orbit.

Bresnik launched aboard Soyuz MS-05 to the ISS on 28 July 2017, and served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 52, and as ISS Commander for Expedition 53.

On October 5, 2017, Bresnik performed his third spacewalk, along with Mark Vande Hei. The spacewalk replaced the gripping mechanism on Canadarm2, the latching end effector A, or LEE-A. Spacewalk duration was 6 hours and 55 minutes. On October 10, 2017, Bresnik and Vande Hei completed the second EVA of the mission. They lubricated the newly installed end effector and replaced cameras, and the duration was 6 hours and 26 minutes. On October 20, 2017, Bresnik and Joe Acaba performed an EVA to continue with the lubrication tasks, and to install more cameras. The duration was 6 hours and 49 minutes.

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