Expedition 18 (ISS-18)

Fifteenth Russian Visiting Crew

 

Launch:
  On October 12, 2008, at 11:01 Moscow Time (07:01 UTC), a launch vehicle Soyuz-FG launched Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13.
Launch Site:
  Baikonur launch site, Republic of Kazakhstan.
Docking:
  On October 14, 2008, at 12:26:14 Moscow Time (08:26:14 UTC) to the docking port on the Functional and Cargo Module Zarya of the ISS.
Undocking:
  On October 24, 04:16:18 Moscow Time (00:16:18 UTC) Soyuz TMA-12 undocked from the docking compartment Pirs of the ISS.
Landing:
  On October 24 at 07:37:10 Moscow Time (03:37:10 UTC).
Landing Site:
  In an area located 89 km to the north of Arkalyk, Republic of Kazakhstan.
Flight duration:
  11 days 20 hours 35 minutes 37 seconds.

 

MAJOR INCREMENT TASKS

  • Launch of Richard Garriot, visiting crew VC-15 space flight participant, citizen of the USA, on board the Soyuz TMA-13 manned vehicle;
  • Unloading of the Soyuz TMA-13 transport vehicle;
  • Handover/acceptance of Soyuz vehicles during scheduled replacement of Soyuz TMA-12 vehicle performing the rescue vehicle functions as part of the ISS since April 10, 2008;
  • Performance of the program of experiments under the GTA project onboard the ISS;
  • Performance of photography and video filming on board the ISS RS for education purposes;
  • Communications operation using Sputnik-SM radar;
  • Activities on information of the public and symbolic operation;
  • Communications operation with the Russian Mission Control Center;
  • Servicing of the Soyuz TMA transport vehicle systems;
  • Visiting crew life support on ISS RS;
  • ISS emergency drill walk;
  • Return of equipment to the Soyuz TMA-12 transport vehicle;
  • Return to earth of Richard Garriott, the space flight participant, and two crew members of the ISS-17 Sergey Volkov and Oleg Kononenko in the Soyuz TMA-12 descent vehicle.

ISS Crew


Hoshide  AkihikoHoshide
Akihiko



leg Novitskiy Novitskiy
leg



Petr Dubrov Dubrov
Petr



Mark Vande Hei Vande Hei
Mark



Robert Shane KIMBROUGH KIMBROUGH
Robert Shane



Megan McArthur McArthur
Megan



Thomas PESQUETPESQUET
Thomas