May 14, 2014
The crew of Soyuz TMA-11M - M. Tyurin, R. Mastracchio and K. Wakata - are back on Earth!
At 05:58 Moscow Time, the descent vehicle of Soyuz TMA-11M manned transportation spacecraft landed in its designated landing area 147 kilometers to the South-East of Jezkazgan in the Republic of Kazakhstan. All the operations associated with the descent, search and landing of the descent vehicle were completed normally.
Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, US astronaut Richard Mastracchio, and Japanese Space Agency Koichi Wakata have completed their mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under the program of Expedition ISS-37/38/39.
At the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M), the work in support of the spacecraft de-orbiting maneuvers and re-entry, the search for the landed descent vehicle and evacuation of the crew from it was performed under the supervision of the State Commission for Flight Tests of Manned Space Systems (The Chairman is the Head of the Federal Space Agency O.N. Ostapenko) and the Technical Management for Flight Tests of Manned Space Systems (headed by President and General Designer of the S.P. Korolev RSC Energia V.A. Lopota).
During re-entry the flight of the spacecraft was controlled by the Lead Operations Control Team (Flight Director is the First deputy general designer of RSC Energia V.A. Soloviev) working at MCC-M in cooperation with the specialists of the Air and Space Search and Rescue, other Russian organizations and services, as well as the US Mission Control Center in Houston.
The final descent and landing operations of the spacecraft were witnessed by representatives of Roskosmos and foreign space agencies, Russian companies and organizations involved in the ISS program who were present at MCC-M.
The work onboard the ISS is continued by participants in the 40-th Expedition to the space station: Russian cosmonauts A. Skvortsov, O. Artemyev and US astronaut S. Swanson.
- RSC Energia is the prime manned space flight organization in the Russian rocket and space industry, responsible for the development of the ISS Russian Segment, its integration into the Space Station and its operation, including development and operation of the principal modules of the Segment (Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet, Nauka etc.), manufacturing, launch and operation of Soyuz TMA and Progress M spacecraft.
- The space mission of M. Tyurin, T. Mastracchio and K. Wakata lasted about 188 days.