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Soyuz TMA-4

Soyuz TMA-4
Operator Roskosmos
Mission duration 187 days, 13 hours, 22 minutes
Orbits completed ~2,950
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F732
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Gennady Padalka
Michael Fincke
Launching André Kuipers
Landing Yuri Shargin
Callsign Altair
Start of mission
Launch date April 19, 2004, 03:19:00 (2004-04-19T03:19Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. UTC
Landing site 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of the town of Arkalyk
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 200 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee 252 kilometres (157 mi)
Inclination 51.7 degrees
Period 88.7 minutes
Docking with ISS

From left to right: Michael Fincke, Gennady Padalka and André Kuipers

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TMA-3 Soyuz TMA-5

Soyuz TMA-4 was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle. It was launched on April 19, 2004 (UTC) from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Gennady Padalka from Russia, Michael Fincke from the USA and André Kuipers from the Netherlands were flown to the International Space Station. Kuipers returned to Earth 9 days later together with ISS crew 8 with the re-entry module of the Soyuz TMA-3, the other two stayed as ISS crew 9. The craft landed October 24, 2004 with Padalka, Fincke and Yuri Shargin aboard.


  • Crew 1
  • Original Crew 2
  • Mission parameters 3
    • Docking with ISS 3.1
  • Mission highlights 4
  • References 5


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Gennady Padalka, RKA[1]
Expedition 9
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, NASA[1]
Expedition 9
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer André Kuipers, ESA[2]
First spaceflight
Yuri Shargin, RKA[1]
First spaceflight

Original Crew

Position Crew
Commander Talgat Musabayev, RKA
N/A (Taxi Flight)
Forth spaceflight
Flight Engineer Hans Schlegel, ESA
N/A (Taxi Flight)
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer or Spaceflight Participant Spaceflight Participant or Russian Cosmonaut
N/A (Taxi Flight)
First spaceflight

Mission parameters

  • Mass: ? kg
  • Perigee: 200 km
  • Apogee: 252 km
  • Inclination: 51.7°
  • Period: 88.7 minutes

Docking with ISS

  • Docked to ISS: April 21, 2004, 05:01 UTC (to nadir port of Zarya)
  • Undocked from ISS: October 23, 2004, 21:08 UTC (from nadir port of Zarya)

Mission highlights

Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft approaches the ISS.

Soyuz TMA-4 is a Russian passenger spacecraft that was launched by a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur at 03:19 UT on April 19, 2004. It carried three astronauts (a Russian, an American and a Dutchman) to the International Space Station (ISS) and docked with the Zarya module of the ISS automatically on April 21 at 05:01 UT. Two of its astronauts remained in the ISS for about six months, while the Dutch astronaut and the two astronauts who had inhabited the ISS for several months left the ISS on April 29 in the TMA-3 that had remained docked with the ISS, soft landing in Kazakhstan at 00:11 on April 30.

The Expedition 10 crew, Leroy Chiao-Cdr U.S.A. and Salizhan Sharipov-Russia replaced the Expedition 9 crew, Gennady Padalka-Cdr Russia and Michael Fincke-Flight Engineer-U.S.A. on October 16, 2004.


  1. ^ a b c "OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE on General Designers' Review for the Soyuz TMA-5 prelaunch processing".  
  2. ^ "Return to space for Spanish ESA astronaut".  
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