October 24, 2008. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Mission Control Center,
Korolev, Moscow region
At 7:37, Moscow Time, Soyuz TMA-12 descent vehicle returned
Russian cosmonauts S. Volkov
and O. Kononenko
have completed their flight under the program of Expedition
17 to the International Space Station (ISS-17), and a spaceflight
participant, US citizen R. Garriott
has completed his flight under the program of the visiting
Russian cosmonaut Yu. Lonchakov
and NASA astronauts M. Fincke
and G. Chamitoff continue their work on-board ISS under
the program of expedition ISS-18.
At the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M), the work
in support of the Soyuz TMA-12 de-orbiting maneuvers and
re-entry, the search for the landed descent vehicle and
evacuation of the crew from it was performed under the supervision
of the State Commission (The Chairman of the Commission
is the Head of the Federal Space Agency A.N. Perminov)
and the Technical Management for the flight tests of manned
space systems (headed by the President of the S.P. Korolev
RSC Energia, General Designer V.A. Lopota).
During re-entry the Soyuz TMA-12 flight was controlled by
the Lead Operations Control Team working at MCC-M in cooperation
with the specialists of the Federal Air-navigation Service,
other Russian organizations and services, as well as the
US Mission Control Center in Houston. The final descent
and landing operations were witnessed by the representatives
of FSA, NASA, ESA, Russian companies and organizations involved
in the ISS program that were present at MCC-M.
After crew evacuation from the descent vehicle, a briefing
was held at MCC-M for Russian and foreign journalists. Its
participants included managers and representatives of Roscosmos,
RSC Energia, NASA, ESA, prime companies in the Russian space
1. RSC Energia is the prime organization for developing and operating the ISS Russian segment, its modules (Zvezda, Pirs, etc.), as well as spacecraft of the Soyuz TMA and Progress type. Mission control for the ISS Russian Segment and the spacecraft is provided by the Lead Operations Control Team of MCC-M. The Flight Director is the RSC Energia first deputy general designer, pilot-cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev.
2. The descent vehicle made a soft landing on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan near the town of Arkalyk. The search and rescue facilities and specialists accomplished a prompt and immediate retrieval of the crew and the descent vehicle from the landing site.