Soyuz MS-06


Soyuz MS-06
Expedition 53 Soyuz Launch (NHQ201709130002).jpg
Soyuz MS-06 night launch to the ISS
Mission typeISS crew transport
COSPAR ID2017-054A
SATCAT no.42937
Mission duration168 days 5 hours 13 minutes 58 seconds
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz MS
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-MS 11F747
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7080 kg
Crew size3
MembersAlexander Misurkin
Mark T. Vande Hei
Joseph M. Acaba
Start of mission
Launch date12 September 2017,
21:17:02 UTC[1]
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 1/5
ContractorProgress Rocket Space Centre
End of mission
Landing date28 February 2018 02:31 UTC [2]
Landing siteSteppes of the Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Docking with ISS
Docking portPoisk zenith
Docking date13 September 2017, 02:55 UTC
Undocking date27 February 2018, 23:08 UTC
Time docked167 days 20 hours 13 minutesm
Soyuz MS-06 mission patch
Soyuz MS-06 crew.jpg
(l-r) Acaba, Misurkin and Vande Hei
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz MS-06 was a Soyuz spaceflight which launched on 13 September 2017.[1] It transported three members of the Expedition 53 crew to the International Space Station. Soyuz MS-06 was the 135th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consisted of a Russian commander, and two American flight engineers.[3] It returned to Earth on 28 February 2018 after 168 days in orbit.[2]


Position Crew member
Commander Russia Alexander Misurkin, Roscosmos
Expedition 53
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 United States Mark T. Vande Hei, NASA
Expedition 53
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Joseph M. Acaba, NASA
Expedition 53
Third spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[4] Crew member
Commander Russia Anton Shkaplerov, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 1 United States Scott D. Tingle, NASA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Shannon Walker, NASA
External video
video icon Soyuz MS-06 and ISS over Moscow on 13 September 2017.

Due to a decision to cut down the number of participating Russian astronauts in 2017, changes were made in crew assignments to the ISS.[5] Originally set to be on Soyuz MS-04, Alexander Misurkin and Mark T. Vande Hei have been assigned to Soyuz MS-06 instead.[3]


  1. ^ a b Pietrobon, Steven (5 February 2017). "Russian Launch Manifest". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bergin, Chris (27 February 2018). "Soyuz MS-06 returns three ISS crew members to Earth". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "NASA Updates 2017 International Space Station Crew Assignments". NASA. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Manned Spaceflight Launch and Landing Schedule". SpaceFacts. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ Irene Klotz (16 November 2016). "NASA, Russia Set Flights for Trimmed-Down Space Station Crew". Retrieved 21 November 2016.