Soyuz MS-04 prior to launch
|Distance travelled||92.5 million kilometers|
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-MS 11F747|
|Crew size||2 launching|
Jack D. Fischer
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||20 April 2017 07:13:44 UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||03 September 2017 01:22 UTC|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Poisk zenith|
|Docking date||20 April 2017 13:18 UTC|
|Undocking date||02 September 2017 21:58 UTC|
Yurchikhin and Fischer in front of their spacecraft
Soyuz MS-04 is a Soyuz spaceflight that launched on 20 April 2017 to the ISS. It transported two members of the Expedition 52 crew to the International Space Station. MS-04 is the 133rd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consists of a Russian commander and an American flight engineer. It is the first of the Soyuz MS series to rendezvous with the Station in approximately 6 hours, instead of the 2 day orbital rendezvous used for the previous launches. It was also the first Soyuz to launch with only 2 crew members since Soyuz TMA-2.
|Position||Launching Crew Member||Landing Crew Member|
|Commander|| Fyodor Yurchikhin, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1|| Jack D. Fischer, NASA|
|Flight Engineer 2||N/A|| Peggy A. Whitson, NASA|
Third and last spaceflight
|Commander||Sergey Ryazansky, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1||Randolph Bresnik, NASA|
Due to a decision to cut down the number of participating Russian astronauts in 2017, only two astronauts have been launched on Soyuz MS-04. Originally set to include 3 people, the crew assignments were changed in November 2016 by NASA and Roscosmos.
|Commander|| Alexander Misurkin, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1|| Nikolai Tikhonov, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 2|| Mark Vande Hei, NASA|
Alexander Misurkin and Mark Vande Hei were reassigned to Soyuz MS-06 and served as part of Expedition 53/54, Nikolai Tikhonov was reassigned to Soyuz MS-10 to serve as part of Expedition 57/58 although was also pulled of that mission due to the same budget cuts, he is now scheduled to be Soyuz Commander of Soyuz MS-14.
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