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Expedition 19/20 (ISS-19/20)

Sixteenth Russian Visiting Crew

 

Launch:
  On March 26, 2009, at 14:49:18 Moscow Time (11:49:18 UTC), a launch vehicle Soyuz-FG launched Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14.
Launch Site:
  Baikonur launch site, Republic of Kazakhstan.
Docking:
  On March 28, 2009, at 16:04:49 Moscow Time (13:04:49 UTC) to the docking port of Zvezda Service Moduleof the ISS.
Undocking:
  On April 8, 2009 at 07:52 Moscow Time (03:52 UTC) Soyuz TMA-13 undocked from the ISS.
Landing:
  On April 8, 2009 at 11:15 Moscow Time (07:15 UTC).
Landing Site:
  Near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Republic of Kazakhstan.
Flight duration:
  12 days 19 hours 26 minutes.

 

MAJOR INCREMENT TASKS

  • Launch of the visiting crew (VC-16) spaceflight participant, U.S. citizen Charles Simonyi by manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14;
  • Transport spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14 off-loading;
  • Soyuz spacecraft handover during nominal changeover of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft performing a function of a rescue-vehicle as part of the ISS since October 14, 2008;
  • Implementation of the utilization program and life science experiments for Charles Simonyi onboard the ISS;
  • Communication with the Russian Mission Control Center;
  • Provision of proper habitability onboard the ISS;
  • Taking a route for the ISS urgency egress;
  • Equipment transfer to the Soyuz TMA-13 transport spacecraft;
  • Return of spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi to the Earth together with two ISS-18 crew members Yuri Lonchakov and Michael Fincke in the descent capsule of the Soyuz TMA-13 transport spacecraft.