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Soyuz TMA-6

Soyuz TMA-6
Soyuz TMA-6 approaching the International Space Station
Operator Roskosmos
Mission duration 179.984 days
Orbits completed 2,817
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F732
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Launch mass 7,200 kilograms (15,900 lb)
Crew size 3
Members Sergei Krikalev
John Phillips
Launching Roberto Vittori
Landing Gregory Olsen
Start of mission
Launch date April 15, 2005, 00:46:25 (2005-04-15T00:46:25Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
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Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 349 kilometres (217 mi)
Apogee 360 kilometres (220 mi)
Inclination 51.64 degrees
Period 92.6 minutes
Docking with ISS

(l to r) Vittori, Krikalev, Phillips

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TMA-5 Soyuz TMA-7

Soyuz TMA-6 was a manned spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS). It carried three crew members of Expedition 11 to the International Space Station. It was the 26th Manned flight to the ISS. It was launched by a Soyuz FG and returned to earth after performing operations at the ISS.

Soyuz TMA-6 launch


  • Crew 1
  • Docking with ISS 2
  • Mission highlights 3
  • References 4


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Sergei Krikalev, RKA[1]
Expedition 11
Sixth spaceflight
Flight Engineer John Phillips, NASA[1]
Expedition 11
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer/Spaceflight Participant Roberto Vittori, ESA[1]
Second spaceflight
Gregory Olsen, SA
First spaceflight
Third Tourist

Docking with ISS

  • Docked to ISS: April 17, 2005, 02:20 UTC (to Pirs module)
  • Undocked from ISS: July 19, 2005, 10:38 UTC (from Pirs module)
  • Docked to ISS: July 19, 2005, 11:08 UTC (to nadir port of Zarya)
  • Undocked from ISS: October 10, 2005, 21:49 UTC (from nadir port of Zarya)

Mission highlights

Soyuz TMA-6 is a Soyuz TMA spacecraft which was launched on April 15, 2005 by a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. During the return flight from the ISS, instruments in the descent module of the Soyuz spacecraft indicated a cabin-pressure-leak that is still under investigation. [2] The Expedition 11 crew, Sergei Krikalev-Cdr Russia, John Phillips-U.S.A. replaced the Expedition 10 crew, Leroy Chiao-Cdr U.S.A. and Salizhan Sharipov-Russia.


  1. ^ a b c "OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE about the Soyuz TMA-6 manned spacecraft launch to the ISS".  
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