Soyuz TMA-13

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Soyuz TMA-13
Soyuz TMA-13 erected at Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad.jpg
Soyuz TMA-13 erected at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad 1/5 Gagarin's Start
COSPAR ID2008-050A
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Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-TMA
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Crew size3
MembersYuri Lonchakov
Michael Fincke
LaunchingRichard Garriott
LandingCharles Simonyi
Start of mission
Launch date12 October 2008, 07:01 (2008-10-12UTC07:01Z) UTC[1][2]
Launch siteBaikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date8 April 2009, 07:16 (2009-04-08UTC07:17Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Docking with ISS
Soyuz-TMA-13-Mission-Patch.png Sozuztma13crew.jpg
From left to right: Richard Garriott, Yuri Lonchakov, Michael Fincke
Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)

Soyuz TMA-13 (Russian: Союз ТМА-13, Union TMA-13) was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft was launched by a Soyuz-FG rocket at 07:01 GMT on 12 October 2008. It undocked at 02:55 GMT on 8 April 2009, performed a deorbit burn at 06:24, and landed at 07:16. By some counts, Soyuz TMA-13 is the 100th Soyuz spacecraft to be crewed.[3]


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Russia Yuri Lonchakov, RKA
Expedition 18
Third and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer United States Michael Fincke, NASA
Expedition 18
Second spaceflight
Spaceflight Participant United Kingdom/United States Richard Garriott, SA[5][6]
Only spaceflight
Hungary/United States Charles Simonyi, SA[4]
Second and last spaceflight

Backup crew[edit]

Soyuz TMA-13 arrives at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 10 October 2008.
Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Russia Gennady Padalka, RKA
Flight Engineer United States Michael Barratt, NASA
Spaceflight Participant Australia Nik Halik, SA[8]
United States Esther Dyson, SA[7]

Crew notes[edit]


Soyuz TMA-13 lifts off from Gagarin's Start.
  1. ^ Chris Bergin (2008). "Soyuz TMA-13 launches trio on journey to the ISS". NASA Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  2. ^ The Associated Press (2008). "Rocket launches on space station voyage". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  3. ^ Robert Z. Pearlman (2008). "The 100th Soyuz flight that (maybe) isn't". collectSPACE. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  4. ^ Space Adventures’ Orbital Spaceflight Candidate, Charles Simonyi, Plans Spring 2009 Return Flight to the ISS Archived 2008-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Mark Carreau (2008). "$30 million buys Austin resident a ride on Soyuz mission". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  6. ^ Space Adventures, Ltd. (2008). "Space Adventures Announces 1st Second Generation Astronaut". Space Adventures, Ltd. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Space Adventures Announces Esther Dyson as Back-Up Crew Member for Spring 2009 Spaceflight Mission". Space Adventures. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  8. ^ Jen Kelly (26 November 2007). "Space flight dream nears". Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  9. ^ NASA (2008). "Expedition 18". NASA. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  10. ^ NASA (2008). "NASA Assigns Crews for STS-127 and Expedition 19 Missions". NASA. Retrieved 11 February 2008.