Soyuz TMA-15M approaches the ISS, 24 November 2014.
|Mission type||ISS crew transport|
|Spacecraft||Soyuz 11F732A47 No.715|
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-TMA 11F747|
Terry W. Virts
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||23 November 2014
|Launch site||Baikonur 31/6|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||11 May 2015 (planned)|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Rassvet nadir|
|Docking date||24 November 2014
|Undocking date||11 May 2015 (planned)|
Soyuz TMA-15M is a 2014 flight to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 42 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-15M is the 124th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft, the first flight launching in 1967. The Soyuz will most likely remain docked to the space station for the Expedition 43 increment to serve as an emergency escape vehicle until its scheduled departure in May 2015.
|Commander||Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
|Flight Engineer 1||Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA
|Flight Engineer 2||Terry W. Virts, NASA
|Commander||Oleg Kononenko, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1||Kimiya Yui, JAXA|
|Flight Engineer 2||Kjell N. Lindgren, NASA|
Launch, rendezvous and docking
Soyuz TMA-15M launched successfully aboard a Soyuz-FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 21:01 UTC on Sunday, 23 November 2014. The spacecraft reached low Earth orbit approximately nine minutes after lift-off. After executing rendezvous maneuvers, the Soyuz docked with the International Space Station at 02:49 UTC on 24 November, with hatch opening occurring at 05:00 UTC.
Soyuz TMA-15M is scheduled to remained docked to the ISS—serving as an emergency escape vehicle–until May 2015, when it is to depart and return Shkaplerov, Cristoforetti and Virts to Earth.
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