Soyuz TM-26

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Soyuz TM-26
Operator Rosaviakosmos
Mission duration 197 days, 17 hours, 34 minutes, 36 seconds
Orbits completed ~3,220
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TM
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Launch mass 7,150 kilograms (15,760 lb)
Crew
Crew size 2 up
3 down
Members Anatoly Solovyev
Pavel Vinogradov
Landing Léopold Eyharts
Callsign Родни́к (Rodnik - Spring)
Start of mission
Launch date August 5, 1997, 15:35:54 (1997-08-05UTC15:35:54Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
End of mission
Landing date February 19, 1998, 09:10:30 (1998-02-19UTC09:10:31Z) UTC
Landing site 50°11′N 67°30′E / 50.18°N 67.50°E / 50.18; 67.50
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 193 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee 249 kilometres (155 mi)
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with Mir

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Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TM-25 Soyuz TM-27
Damaged solar array of the Spektr module after Progress M-34 freighter colliding with the Mir space station on June 25, 1997

Soyuz TM-26 is a Russian spacecraft that ferried cosmonauts and supplies to the Mir, the Russian space station.[1] It was the 32nd expedition to Mir. It was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome on August 5, 1997. The main mission was to transport two specially-trained cosmonauts to repair or salvage the troubled space station.

TM-26 docked with Mir on August 7 by manual control. The crew repaired the power cable and harness/connectors in the severely damaged Spektr module and restored much of the lost power; they also repaired and replaced the oxygen generators in Mir. The hole(s) in that module that caused total depressurization of the module could not be located during their spacewalk inside that module.

Crew[edit]

Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Russia Anatoly Solovyev
Fifth spaceflight
Flight Engineer Russia Pavel Vinogradov
First spaceflight
Research Cosmonaut None France Léopold Eyharts
First spaceflight

References[edit]

  1. ^ The mission report is available here: http://www.spacefacts.de/mission/english/soyuz-TM-26.htm

Coordinates: 50°11′N 67°30′E / 50.183°N 67.500°E / 50.183; 67.500