Soyuz TM-24

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Soyuz TM-24
Soyuz acoplada MIR.jpg
Soyuz TM-24 docked with Mir as seen from the Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-79.
Operator Rosaviakosmos
Mission duration 196 days, 17 hours, 26 minutes, 13 seconds
Orbits completed ~3,160
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TM
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Launch mass 7,150 kilograms (15,760 lb)
Crew
Crew size 3
Members Valery Korzun
Aleksandr Kaleri
Launching Claudie André-Deshays
Landing Reinhold Ewald
Callsign Фрега́т (Fregat - Frigate)
Start of mission
Launch date 17 August 1996, 13:18:03 (1996-08-17UTC13:18:03Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
End of mission
Landing date 2 March 1997, 06:44:16 (1997-03-02UTC06:44:17Z) UTC
Landing site 47°49′N 69°24′E / 47.82°N 69.40°E / 47.82; 69.40
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 235.1 kilometres (146.1 mi)
Apogee 287.4 kilometres (178.6 mi)
Inclination 51.56 degrees
Docking with Mir

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Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TM-23 Soyuz TM-25

Soyuz TM-24 was the 27th expedition to Mir. Soyuz TM-24 carried a crew of three. The crew consisted of Cosmonauts Valery Korzun and Aleksandr Kaleri, and the first French woman in space, Claudie André-Deshays. They joined American astronaut Shannon Lucid and Mir 21 crewmates Yuri Onufriyenko and Yuri Usachev. André-Deshays carried out biological and medical experiments on Mir for 16 days before returning to Earth with Onufriyenko and Usachev.

Crew[edit]

Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Russia Valery Korzun
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer Russia Aleksandr Kaleri
Second spaceflight
Research Cosmonaut France Claudie André-Deshays
First spaceflight
Germany Reinhold Ewald
First spaceflight

Coordinates: 47°49′N 69°24′E / 47.817°N 69.400°E / 47.817; 69.400