Soyuz TMA-04M departs the ISS
|Mission duration||4 months, 2 days|
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-TMA 11F747|
Joseph M. Acaba
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||15 May 2012, 03:01:23UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||17 September 2012, 02:53UTC|
|Perigee||410 kilometres (250 mi)|
|Apogee||433 kilometres (269 mi)|
|Epoch||17 September 2012, 01:22:43 UTC|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Poisk zenith|
|Docking date||17 May 2012, 04:36 UTC|
|Undocking date||16 September 2012, 23:09 UTC|
|Time docked||4 months|
Soyuz TMA-04M was a spaceflight to Low Earth orbit that transported three members of the Expedition 31 crew to the International Space Station (ISS), which was launched on May 15, 2012 and landed on September 17, 2012. TMA-04M was the Soyuz spacecraft's 113th flight since its initial launch in 1967, and the fourth launch of the improved Soyuz TMA-M series (first launched October 7, 2010). As per the mission plan, the spacecraft remained docked to the space station to serve as an emergency escape vehicle during Expedition 31.
The mission successfully launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 3:01:23 UTC (9:01:23 local time). The Soyuz docked successfully with the ISS on May 17 at 4:36 UTC. The spacecraft carried to the ISS a three person crew (Gennady Padalka, Russia; Sergei Revin, Russia; Joseph Acaba, United States). The mission landed successfully in Kazakhstan on September 17, 2012, at 2:53 UTC.
|Commander||Gennady Padalka, Roscosmos
|Flight Engineer 1||Sergei Revin, Roscosmos
|Flight Engineer 2||Joseph M. Acaba, NASA
|Commander||Oleg Novitskiy, Roscosmos|
|Flight Engineer 1||Evgeny Tarelkin, Roscosmos|
|Flight Engineer 2||Kevin A. Ford, NASA|
Soyuz TMA-04M was the fourth mission using the upgraded Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft, which has a modernised flight control system and a reduced mass. The spacecraft was designed and manufactured by S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, the largest company of the Russian space industry.
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Soyuz TMA-04M was successfully launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 3:01:23 UTC (9:01:23 local Baikonur time). The spacecraft docked with the International Space Station on Thursday, May 17, at 4:36 UTC, linking to the Poisk docking module.
After the departure of Soyuz TMA-03M on June 1, the crew members of TMA-04M conducted the first portion of Expedition 32 until the commencement of the second portion with the arrival of the remaining crew members aboard Soyuz TMA-05M in mid-July. The spacecraft undocked from the ISS at 23:09 UTC on September 16 and landed at 2:53 UTC on September 17 in Kazakhstan.
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