Soyuz TMA-18M undocks from the ISS, 2 March 2016.
|Mission duration||181d 23h 48m|
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-TMA 11F747 No.718|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||2 September 2015|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||2 March 2016|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking date||4 September 2015|
|Undocking date||2 March 2016|
|Time docked||179 days, 17 hours, 20 minutes|
(l-r) Mogensen, Volkov and Aimbetov
Soyuz TMA-18M was a 2015 Soyuz spaceflight to the International Space Station. It provided the two twelve-months occupants (Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko) at the International Space Station with a fresh Soyuz capsule. TMA-18M was the 127th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft; the first having occurred in 1967. The ascent flight consisted of a Russian commander and two flight engineers from Denmark (ESA) and Kazakhstan respectively. The flight launched in September 2015 and returned to Earth in March 2016.
The descent crew was the same Russian commander and the two twelve-months occupants in March 2016. Two of the ascent crew members returned to Earth with Soyuz TMA-16M in September 2015.
|Position||Launching Crew Member||Landing Crew Member|
|Commander|| Sergey Volkov, RSA|
Third and last spaceflight
|Flight Engineer 1|| Andreas Mogensen, ESA
| Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA|
Second and last spaceflight
|Flight Engineer 2|| Aidyn Aimbetov, KazCosmos
| Scott Kelly, NASA|
Fourth and last spaceflight
|Commander||Oleg Skripochka, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1||Thomas Pesquet, ESA|
|Flight Engineer 2||Sergey Prokopyev, RSA|
Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu trained as Sarah Brightman's backup, but he withdrew from the flight as the art projects he had planned to carry out would not be ready by the September launch date. He stated he would try for a later flight when his projects were ready to fly.