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International Flight No. 289

Soyuz TMA-08M



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Launch, orbit and landing data

Launch date:  28.03.2013
Launch time:  20:43:20.288 UTC
Launch site:  Baikonur
Launch pad:  1
Altitude:  414 - 419 km
Inclination:  51.65°
Docking ISS:  29.03.2013, 02:28:16 UTC
Undocking ISS:  10.09.2013, 23:35:28 UTC
Landing date:  11.09.2013
Landing time:  02:58:28.5 UTC
Landing site:  47°23'16.994" N, 69°38'50.585" E

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Crew Soyuz TMA-08M

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No.   Surname Given names Position Flight No. Duration Orbits
1  Vinogradov  Pavel Vladimirovich  Commander 3 166d 06h 15m 08s  2581 
2  Misurkin  Aleksandr Aleksandrovich  Flight Engineer 1 166d 06h 15m 08s  2581 
3  Cassidy  Christopher John "Chris"  Flight Engineer 2 166d 06h 15m 08s  2581 

Crew seating arrangement

1  Vinogradov
2  Misurkin
3  Cassidy
Soyuz TMA spacecraft
1  Vinogradov
2  Misurkin
3  Cassidy

Backup Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position
1  Kotov  Oleg Valeriyevich  Commander
2  Ryazansky  Sergei Nikolayevich  Flight Engineer
3  Hopkins  Michael Scott  Flight Engineer
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Launch vehicle:  Soyuz-FG (No. 8M135S Ye15000-043)
Spacecraft:  Soyuz TMA-08M (TMA-M No. 708)


Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Landing 152 km southeast of Dzheskasgan.ISS Expedition 35 / 36.

Following a only six-hours solo flight Soyuz TMA-08M docked to ISS on March 29, 2013. Pavel Vinogradov, Aleksandr Misurkin and Christopher Cassidy became the ISS Expedition 35 (together with ISS Expedition 34 crew members Roman Romanenko, Chris Hadfield and Thomas Marshburn). It was the shortest time from launch to docking.

The Soyuz spacecraft is composed of three elements attached end-to-end - the Orbital Module, the Descent Module and the Instrumentation/Propulsion Module. The crew occupied the central element, the Descent Module. The other two modules are jettisoned prior to re-entry. They burn up in the atmosphere, so only the Descent Module returned to Earth.
The deorbit burn lasted 286 seconds. Having shed two-thirds of its mass, the Soyuz reached Entry Interface - a point 400,000 feet (121.9 kilometers) above the Earth, where friction due to the thickening atmosphere began to heat its outer surfaces. With only 23 minutes left before it lands on the grassy plains of central Asia, attention in the module turned to slowing its rate of descent.
Eight minutes later, the spacecraft was streaking through the sky at a rate of 755 feet (230 meters) per second. Before it touched down, its speed slowed to only 5 feet (1.5 meter) per second, and it lands at an even lower speed than that. Several onboard features ensure that the vehicle and crew land safely and in relative comfort.
Four parachutes, deployed 15 minutes before landing, dramatically slowed the vehicle's rate of descent. Two pilot parachutes were the first to be released, and a drogue chute attached to the second one followed immediately after. The drogue, measuring 24 square meters (258 square feet) in area, slowed the rate of descent from 755 feet (230 meters) per second to 262 feet (80 meters) per second.
The main parachute was the last to emerge. It is the largest chute, with a surface area of 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters). Its harnesses shifted the vehicle's attitude to a 30-degree angle relative to the ground, dissipating heat, and then shifted it again to a straight vertical descent prior to landing.
The main chute slowed the Soyuz to a descent rate of only 24 feet (7.3 meters) per second, which is still too fast for a comfortable landing. One second before touchdown, two sets of three small engines on the bottom of the vehicle fired, slowing the vehicle to soften the landing.

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Soyuz TMA spacecraft Soyuz TMA landing module
crew in training Soyuz TMA-08M integration
Soyuz TMA-08M rollout Soyuz TMA-08M erection
Soyuz TMA-08M on the launch pad Soyuz TMA-08M launch
Soyuz TMA-08M landing Soyuz TMA-08M landing
Soyuz TMA-08M landing Soyuz TMA-08M recovery


Last update on March 29, 2020.