ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



April 7, 2011. S.P. Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M,
Korolev, Moscow Region

The Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-21 (Gagarin) has docked with the International Space Station (ISS).

The spacecraft approached ISS after two days of free flight in low Earth orbit. Rendezvous with the space station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and docking were performed in automatic mode.

The initial contact with the docking port on the research module Poisk of the Russian segment of the space station occurred at 03:09:17 AM Moscow Time.

The final flight operations in the course of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with the space station were supervised by the State Commission (the Chairman of the State Commission is the head of the Federal Space Agency A.N.Perminov) and the Technical Management for flight tests of manned space systems (the Technical Manager is the RSC Energia President and General Designer V.A.Lopota).

After a leak test of the Soyuz TMA-21 compartments and the docking tunnel, and equalization of pressure in the space station and the spacecraft, the transfer hatches were opened. The spacecraft crew transferred to the Russian segment of the ISS.

A joint international ISS-27 crew of six began its work on-board the space station. The crew includes: Russian cosmonauts Dmitri Kondratiev, Alexander Samocutyaev, Andrei Borisenko; US astronauts Catherine Coleman and Ronald Garan and a European astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

On-board systems of the ISS, and spacecraft Progress M-09M, Soyuz TMA-20, Soyuz TMA-21 operate normally.

The Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M), from where the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with the ISS were controlled, held a press conference for journalists of the Russian and foreign mass media, and also conducted the first communications session with the space station crew.


For reference:

  1. RSC Energia is the prime organization for developing and operating the ISS Russian segment, its modules and spacecraft Soyuz TMA and Progress M.
  2. Working at present within ISS are 5 Russian-made modules (Zarya, Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet) and 3 Russian transportation spacecraft.
  3. Mission control for the ISS Russian Segment and the spacecraft is provided by the Lead Operations Control Team (LOCT) of MCC-M under the direction of the first deputy general designer of RSC Energia V.A. Soloviev.




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