Expedition 13 (ISS-13)

Tenth Russian Visiting Crew


  Soyuz TMA-8, Russian manned transport spacecraft, was launched by the Souyz-FG launch vehicle on March 30, 2006, at 06:30:20 Moscow Time (02:30:20 UTC)
Launch Site:
  Baikonur launch site, Republic of Kazakhstan.
  On April 1, 2006 at 08:19:26 Moscow Time (04:19:26 UTC) to the Functional Cargo Block Zarya of the ISS
  Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft undocked from Zvezda Service Module of the ISS on April 9, 2006, at 00:28 Moscow Time (20:28 UTC).
  April 9, 2006 at 03:48 Moscow Time (April 8, at 23:47 UTC).
Landing Site:
  In the area located near Arkalyk, Republic of Kazakhstan
Flight duration:
  9 days 21 hours 17 min



  • Launch of visiting crew participant Brazilian astronaut Markos Caesar Pontes aboard the Soyuz TMA-8 manned vehicle;
  • Unloading of the Soyuz TMA-8 transport vehicle;
  • transfer/acceptance of Soyuz vehicles during scheduled replacement of Soyuz TMA-7 vehicle used as a rescue vehicle within the ISS since October 3, 2005;
  • implementation of the scientific research program on the ISS under the BSM "CENTENARIO" project, as well as performance of activities on world community information symbol manipulation (PR & Symbolic);
  • maintenance of the Soyuz transport vehicle systems;
  • support of personal vital activities aboard the ISS;
  • passage along the route of ISS urgent escape;
  • return of hardware to the Soyuz TMA-7 transport vehicle;
  • Return of the Brazilian astronaut Marcos C. Pontes to Earth together with the ISS-12 crew in Soyuz TMA-7 descent capsule.