|Mission type||ISS crew rotation|
|Mission duration||188 days|
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-TMA 11F732|
Frank De Winne
|Callsign||Таймыр (Taymyr) or
Парус (Parus, meaning Sail)
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||27 May 2009, 10:34:53UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||December 1, 2009, 07:17UTC|
|Perigee||151 kilometres (94 mi)|
|Apogee||414 kilometres (257 mi)|
|Epoch||28 May 2009|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Zarya nadir|
|Docking date||29 May 2009, 12:43 UTC|
|Undocking date||1 December 2009, 03:56 UTC|
|Time docked||6 months|
Soyuz TMA-15 was a manned spaceflight to the International Space Station. Part of the Soyuz programme, it transported three members of the Expedition 20 crew to the space station. TMA-15 was the 102nd manned flight of a Soyuz spacecraft, since Soyuz 1 in 1967. The Soyuz spacecraft remain docked to the space station during Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 as an emergency escape vehicle. The mission marked the start of six-person crew operations on the ISS.
|Flight Engineer 1||Frank De Winne, ESA
|Flight Engineer 2||Robert Thirsk, CSA
|Flight Engineer 1||André Kuipers, ESA|
|Flight Engineer 2||Chris Hadfield, CSA|
Soyuz TMA-15 was launched successfully by a Soyuz-FG carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 10:34 UTC on 27 May 2009. It docked with the ISS at 12:34 UTC on 29 May 2009.
Roman Romanenko was the third second-generation space traveller. He was reported to have chosen Taymyr (Russian: Таймыр) as the mission callsign because it was the callsign on his father's first flight, Soyuz 26; however, the callsign Parus (Russian: Парус meaning Sail) was used for communications with the spacecraft. Robert Thirsk became the first Canadian to fly on a Soyuz; all previous Canadians in space had flown aboard Space Shuttles. Frank De Winne became the first West-European to be in command of the ISS.
The craft and crew returned to earth 1 December 2009.
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