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Soyuz TMA-09M

Soyuz TMA-09M
Soyuz TMA-09M departing from the ISS, 10 November 2013
Mission type ISS crew rotation[1]
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2013-025A
SATCAT № 39170
Mission duration 166 days, 6 hours, 18 minutes
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Soyuz 11F732A47 No.709
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F747
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Fyodor Yurchikhin
Karen L. Nyberg
Luca Parmitano
Callsign Olympus
Start of mission
Launch date 28 May 2013, 20:31:24 (2013-05-28T20:31:24Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
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Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 408 kilometres (254 mi)[3]
Apogee 422 kilometres (262 mi)[3]
Inclination 51.65 degrees[3]
Period 92.87 minutes[3]
Epoch 29 May 2013, 02:47:30 UTC[3]
Docking with ISS
Docking port Rassvet nadir
Docking date 29 May 2013, 02:10 UTC
Undocking date 10 November 2013, 23:26 UTC
Time docked 165 days, 21 hours, 16 minutes

(l-r) Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano

Soyuz programme
← Soyuz TMA-08M Soyuz TMA-10M

Soyuz TMA-09M was a Russian Soyuz mission to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 36 crew to the space station. The Soyuz remained docked to the space station during Expeditions 36 and 37 to serve as an emergency escape vehicle. The spacecraft landed on 11 November 2013, carrying the same three cosmonauts who were aboard for launch. The crew of Soyuz TMA-09M consisted of Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roskosmos, Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency.


  • Crew 1
    • Backup crew 1.1
  • Launch and docking 2
  • References 3


The Soyuz TMA-09M crew members conduct their ceremonial tour of Red Square on 8 May 2013.
Position Crew Member
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RSA
Expedition 36
Fourth spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Karen L. Nyberg, NASA
Expedition 36
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Luca Parmitano, ESA
Expedition 36
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[4] Crew Member
Commander Mikhail Tyurin, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Richard Mastracchio, NASA
Flight Engineer 2 Koichi Wakata, JAXA

Launch and docking

Soyuz TMA-09M was launched from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch took place at 20:31:00 UTC on 28 May 2013, with a Soyuz-FG carrier rocket propelling the spacecraft into low Earth orbit. The spacecraft separated from the upper stage of the carrier rocket nine minutes after liftoff.

Docking with the ISS, using the nadir port of the Rassvet module, occurred at 02:10 UTC on 29 May, less than six hours after launch as part of a fast rendezvous profile designed to minimise the time the crew must spend in the cramped Soyuz spacecraft.[5]


  1. ^ NASA. "Consolidated Launch Manifest". NASA. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Harding, Pete (28 May 2013). "Soyuz TMA-09M docks to ISS following short cut rendezvous". Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Peat, Chris (29 May 2013). "SOYUZ-TMA 9M - Orbit". Heavens-Above. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ (2013). "Орбитальные полёты". 
  5. ^ Bergin, Chris; Harding, Pete (28 May 2013). "Soyuz TMA-09M launches for quick trip the ISS". 
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