Expedition 21/22 (ISS-21/22)

17th Russian Visiting Crew



On September 30, 2009, at 11:14:45 Moscow Time (07:14:45 UTC), a launch vehicle Soyuz-FG launched Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-16.

Launch site:

Baikonur launch site, Republic of Kazakhstan.


On October 2, 2009, at 12:35:07 Moscow Time (08:35:07 UTC) to the docking port on the propulsion compartment of Zarya module of the Russian Segment of the ISS .


On October 11, 2009 at 05:07 Moscow Time (01:07 UTC) Soyuz TMA-14 undocked from the ISS.


On October 11, 2009 at 08:31 Moscow Time (04:31 UTC).

Landing site:

Near the town of Arkalyk, Republic of Kazakhstan.

Flight duration:

10 days 21 hours 17 minutes.



  • Launch of the visiting crew (VC-17) spaceflight participant, Canadian citizen Guy Laliberte by manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-16;
  • Implementation of the utilization program and life science experiments for Guy Laliberte 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-14 transport spacecraft;
  • Return of spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte to the Earth together with two ISS-19/20 crew members Gennady Padalka and Michael Barratt in the descent capsule of the Soyuz TMA-14 transport spacecraft.