Expedition 9 (ISS-9)

Sixth Russian Visiting Crew


  April 19, 2004 at 03:19 UTC (05:19 CEST, 07:19 Moscow Time) Soyuz-FG launched the Russian transport manned space vehicle Soyuz TMA-4.
Launch Site:
  Baikonur launch site, Republic of Kazakhstan.
  On April 21, 2004 at 05:01 UTC (07:01 CEST, 09:01 Moscow Time) the docking was performed to the port of the Zarya FGB of the ISS Orbital Complex.
  On April 30, 2004 at 00:52 Moscow Time (April 29, 2004 at 22:52 CEST, 20:52 UTC) the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft was unmated from the Pirs Docking Module.
  On April 30, 2004 at 04:11:46 Moscow Time (02:11:46 CEST; 00:11:46 UTC).
Landing Site:
  In the area located nearby the town of Arkhalyk, the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Flight duration:
  10 days 20 hours 52 min 46 sec.



  • Launch of the visiting crew member, ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers, by Soyuz TMA-4 manned spacecraft;
  • Planned changeover of Soyuz TMA-3, which has been acting as a crew rescue vehicle as part of the ISS since 20 October 2003;
  • Implementation of Delta DSM experimental program;
  • Solution of ISS crew flight technical support issues;
  • Return of ESA astronaut of the Dutch nationality Andre Kuipers with ISS-8 crew in Soyuz TMA-3 descent capsule.