Soyuz TMA-17M flying above Typhoon Soudelor while docked to the ISS
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-TMA 11F732A47 No.717|
Kjell N. Lindgren
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||22 July 2015|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||11 December 2015|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Rassvet nadir|
|Docking date||23 July 2015|
|Undocking date||11 December 2015|
|Time docked||141 days, 7 hours, 2 minutes|
(l-r) Kononenko, Lindgren and Yui
Soyuz TMA-17M was a 2015 flight to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 44 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-17M was the 126th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft; the first having occurred in 1967. The crew consisted of a Russian commander accompanied by Japanese and American astronauts. The capsule remained docked to the space station for about five months until the scheduled departure of Expedition 45 in December 2015. Soyuz TMA-17M landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan on 11 December, 2015, in a rare night landing.
|Commander|| Oleg Kononenko, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1|| Kimiya Yui, JAXA|
|Flight Engineer 2|| Kjell N. Lindgren, NASA|
|Commander||Yuri Malenchenko, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1||Timothy Peake, ESA|
|Flight Engineer 2||Timothy Kopra, NASA|
The mission patch for the mission is completely based on Apollo 17 insigna.
Soyuz TMA-17M crew photo on the second day of qualification exams. Left to right: Lindgren, Kononenko, Yui.
The Soyuz booster is raised into position on the launch pad at Baikonur.
Launch of Soyuz TMA-17M.
Inside the capsule during launch.
Soyuz TMA-17M approaches the ISS. Note the absence of one solar panel, which successfully deployed later on.
Soyuz TMA-17M departs from the space station.
The Soyuz return capsule on the ground after a rare night landing.
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