Alexander Misurkin

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Alexander Alexanderovich Misurkin
Aleksandr Misurkin in 2017.jpg
Aleksandr Misurkin pictured in 2017
Born (1977-09-23) September 23, 1977 (age 44)
OccupationMajor, Russian Air Force
Space career
Roscosmos cosmonaut
Time in space
334 days 11 hours 29 minutes
Selection2006 TsPK-14 Cosmonaut Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
28 hours and 14 minutes
MissionsSoyuz TMA-08M (Expedition 35/36), Soyuz MS-06 (Expedition 53/54), Soyuz MS-20
Mission insignia
Soyuz-TMA-08M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 35 Patch.svg ISS Expedition 36 Patch.png Soyuz-MS-06-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 53 Patch.png ISS Expedition 54 Patch.svg Soyuz MS-20 Mission Patch.png

Alexander Alexanderovich Misurkin (Russian: Aлександр Aлександрович Мисуркин) (born September 23, 1977), a major in the Russian Air Force, is a Russian cosmonaut, selected in 2006. He flew aboard Soyuz TMA-08M on 28 March 2013 as his first space mission, and launched on Soyuz MS-06 as his second flight, in 2017. He was Commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 54.


Misurkin is married to Olga Anatolievna Misurkina. The couple has two children. His parents, Lyudmila Georgievna and Alexander Mikhailovich Misurkin, reside in Oryol, Russia.


In 1994, Misurkin graduated from vocational school #1 in Oryol. He then entered the Kacha High Air Force Pilot School, where he studied to September 1998. He continued pilot training at the Armavir Military Aviation Institute, and graduated in October 1999 with a gold medal as a pilot-engineer.[1]

Cosmonaut career[edit]

In October 2006, Misurkin was approved as a cosmonaut candidate and enlisted in the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) cosmonaut corps. He took the basic training at GCTC from February 2007 to June 2009, which he completed on 2 June 2009. Misurkin was qualified as a test-cosmonaut 9 June 2009.

From August 2009 to February 2011 he took advanced training specializing in the International Space Station (ISS) program. From January 2011 he trained as the Expedition 33/34 and Soyuz TMA-M backup crew flight engineer.

In 2014, he participated in the ESA CAVES[2] mission of the European Space Agency alongside Scott Tingle, Luca Parmitano, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Matthias Maurer.[3]

Soyuz TMA-08M / Expedition 35/36[edit]

Misurkin flew on Soyuz TMA-08M which launched at 20:43:20 on 28 March 2013. This was the first manned flight to use the fast rendezvous approach to the International Space Station, reaching the space station in less than 6 hours. Previous flights had required two days to dock with the station. Misurkin joined the crew of ISS Expedition 35.

Soyuz MS-06 / Expedition 53/54[edit]

On 2 February 2018, Misurkin along with flight engineer Anton Shkaplerov participated in an 8-hour 13 minutes spacewalk outside of the ISS to replace an old electronics box for a high-gain communications antenna. At completion, the two cosmonauts set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk to date.[4]

Statistics [5]
# Spacecraft launch Launch date Mission Spacecraft landing Landing date Duration Spacewalk times Spacewalk duration
1 Soyuz TMA-08M 28 March 2013, 20:43 UTC ISS-35 / ISS-36 Soyuz TMA 08M 11 September 2013, 02:58 UTC 166 days 06 hours 15 minutes 3 20 hours 01 minute
2 Soyuz MS-06 12 September 2017, 21:17 UTC ISS-53 / ISS-54 Soyuz MS-06 28 February 2018, 02:31 UTC 168 days 05 hours 14 minutes 1 8 hours 13 minutes
334 days 11 hours 29 minutes 4 28 hours 14 minutes


Official website

  1. ^ NASA (November 2012). "Biographical Data - Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Misurkin". Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Speleology as an analogue to space exploration: The ESA CAVES training programme". Acta Astronautica. 184: 150–166. 1 July 2021. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.04.003. ISSN 0094-5765.
  3. ^ "ESA's five 'cavenauts' set to explore the caves of Sardinia, Italy". Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Cosmonauts Break Russian Spacewalk Record During Space Station Antenna Repair". 2 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Statistics - Aleksandr Misurkin". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
Preceded by ISS Expedition Commander
14 December 2017 - 28 February 2018
Succeeded by