World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Soyuz TMA-8

Soyuz TMA-8
Operator Roskosmos
Mission duration 182 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F732
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Launch mass 7,270 kilograms (16,030 lb)
Crew size 3
Members Pavel Vinogradov
Jeffrey Williams
Launching Marcos Pontes
Landing Anousheh Ansari
Callsign Carat
Start of mission
Launch date March 30, 2006, 02:30 (2006-03-30T02:30Z) 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 Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 200 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee 241 kilometres (150 mi)
Inclination 51.67 degrees
Period 88.64 minutes
Docking with ISS

From left to right: Marcos Pontes, Jeffrey Williams, Pavel Vinogradov

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TMA-7 Soyuz TMA-9

Soyuz TMA-8 was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle.


  • Crew 1
    • Back-up crew 1.1
  • Docking with ISS 2
  • Mission highlights 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Soyuz TMA-8 was a transport mission for portions of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 13 crew. The flight delivered ISS Commander Pavel Vinogradov and ISS Flight Engineer Jeffrey Williams to the station to replace Expedition 12 crew members. Flight Engineer Marcos Pontes joined the TMA-8 crew for the ascent and docking with ISS, spent approximately seven days aboard the ISS conducting experiments, then returned to Earth with the outgoing members of Expedition 12 aboard Soyuz TMA-7. Vinogradov and Williams were joined on their return trip to Earth by Spaceflight Participant Anousheh Ansari who launched aboard Soyuz TMA-9 and spent approximately eight days aboard ISS conducting experiments for the European Space Agency.

Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RKA[1]
Expedition 13
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer Jeffrey Williams, NASA[1]
Expedition 13
Second spaceflight
Spaceflight Participant Marcos Pontes, AEB[1]
First spaceflight
Anousheh Ansari, SA
First spaceflight

Back-up crew

Position Crew
Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RKA[2]
Flight Engineer Michael Fincke, NASA[2]
Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov, RKA[2]

Docking with ISS

  • Docked to ISS: April 1, 2006, 04:19 UTC (to nadir port of Zarya)[3]
  • Undocked from ISS: September 28, 2006, 21:53 UTC (from nadir port of Zarya)

Mission highlights

The Soyuz TMA-8 launch on 30 March 2006.
Jeffrey Williams inside the Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft

29th manned flight to ISS (Flight 12S)

Soyuz TMA-8 is a Soyuz spacecraft which was launched on March 30, 2006 by a Soyuz-FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Near the end of second stage burn, a communications blackout occurred at Moscow Mission Control. A satellite link was lost, but was restored about 10 minutes later. The crew was safe throughout the loss of communications.

The spacecraft carried two members of the Expedition 13 crew to the International Space Station, together with Marcos Pontes, the first Brazilian in space. The Brazilian government paid Russia approximately $20 million (USD) for Pontes' flight.[4] They replaced the Expedition 12 crew, Commander William McArthur and Valery Ivanovich Tokarev. Together with the Expedition 12 crew, Marcos Pontes returned to Earth on board Soyuz TMA-7.

Soyuz TMA-8 returned to Earth, together with Expedition 13, the spaceflight participant launched with Soyuz TMA-9, Anousheh Ansari.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c NASA (2006-03-29). "New Station Crew Launches From Baikonur".  
  2. ^ a b c NASA (2006-01-05). "NASA Announces Next International Space Station Crew". NASA. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  3. ^ NASA (2006-03-31). "New Crew Docks With Space Station". NASA. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  4. ^ Delphine Thouvenot (2005). "Brazil's President In Moscow Signs Deal For Joint Space Mission". Space Daily. Retrieved October 30, 2007. 
  5. ^ NASA (2005-09-28). "Space Station Crew Back on Earth". NASA. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 

External links

  • Expedition 13/Soyuz TMA-8
  • [2]
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.