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Soyuz TMA-9
Союз ТМА-9
Mission insignia
Soyuz TMA-9 Logo.jpg
Mission statistics
Mission name Soyuz TMA-9
Союз ТМА-9
Spacecraft name Soyuz TMA
Spacecraft mass 7,270 kg
Crew size 3
Call sign Vostok
Launch pad Gagarin's Start
Launch date 18 September 2006
04:08 UTC
Landing 21 April 2007
12:31 UTC
Mission duration 215 d 08 h 22 min
Apogee 242 km
Perigee 200 km
Orbital period 88.64 minutes[1 ]
Orbital inclination 51.67 degrees
Crew photo
Soyuz TMA-9 crew w ansari.jpg
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Soyuz TMA-9 launch.

Soyuz TMA-9 was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle. It was a human spaceflight mission transporting personnel to and from the ISS. It launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 18 September 2006 at 08:09 MSD (04:09 UTC), docked with the ISS at 09:21 MSD (05:21 UTC) on 20 September, and returned to Earth on 21 April 2007. Soyuz TMA-9 transported two-thirds of ISS Expedition 14 to the space station along with one "spaceflight participant" who performed several experiments on behalf of the European Space Agency. [2]




Launched and landed ISS Expedition 14 crew



* Number in parentheses indicates total spaceflights for each individual, including this one.

Crew notes

Daisuke Enomoto Was originally scheduled to be the spaceflight participant, but on on 21 August 2006, he was determined to be unfit for the flight due to medical reasons, and replaced by Anousheh Ansari, his back-up crew member.

Docking with ISS

The docked Expedition 13 / Soyuz TMA-9 (foreground) and Progress 22 resupply vehicle are featured in this image photographed by an STS-116 crewmember from a window on the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery was docked with the station in December 2006. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.
  • Docked to ISS: 20 September 2006, 05:21 UTC (to aft port of Zvezda)
  • Undocking from ISS: 10 October 2006 19:14 UTC (from aft port of Zvezda)
  • Docking to ISS: 10 October 2006 19:34 UTC (to nadir port of Zarya)
  • Undocking from ISS: 21 April 2007 09:11 UTC (from nadir port of Zarya)

Mission highlights

Soyuz TMA-9, known within the International Space Station program as ISS Soyuz 13, was the 32nd manned flight to the ISS. It is of note because for three days, from 18-21 September 2006, it marked the first time since before the Columbia accident that twelve humans have been in space simultaneously; three aboard the International Space Station (Expedition 13), three aboard Soyuz TMA-9, and six aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis, flying mission STS-115.

The capsule successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz-FG rocket at 09:08 MDS (04:08 UTC) on Monday 18 September 2006.[3] It successfully docked with the ISS on Wednesday 20 September to begin a six-month stay on the orbiting laboratory.

Anousheh Ansari, the Spaceflight Participant launched by TMA-9, has returned to Earth safely alongside Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Jeffrey Williams of the Expedition 13 crew aboard Soyuz TMA-8 on 29 September 2006 at 01:13 UTC. Undocking from the ISS took place at 21:53 UTC on 28 September. Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin undocked from ISS on 21 April 2007, 09:11 UTC, and landed at 12:31:30 UTC, after a six-month stay on the station.

When the capsule landed after 215 days in space, exceeding the 210-day warranty for Soyuz TMA spacecraft, it concluded the longest flight by a Soyuz spacecraft.


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