Soyuz TMA-17

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Soyuz TMA-17
Expedition 22 Launch.jpg
Launch of TMA-17
Mission typeISS crew rotation
COSPAR ID2009-074A
SATCAT no.36129
Mission duration164 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-TMA 11F732
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Crew size3
MembersOleg Kotov
Timothy Creamer
Soichi Noguchi
Start of mission
Launch dateDecember 20, 2009, 21:52 (2009-12-20UTC21:52Z) UTC[2]
Launch siteBaikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing dateJune 2, 2010, 03:25 (2010-06-02UTC03:26Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude333 kilometres (207 mi)
Apogee altitude344 kilometres (214 mi)
Inclination51.6 degrees
Period91.3 minutes
EpochDecember 23, 2009
Docking with ISS
Soyuz-TMA-17-Mission-Patch.png Soyuz TMA-17 crew.jpg
From left to right: Creamer, Kotov and Noguchi
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz TMA-17 was a human spaceflight mission to the International Space Station (ISS). TMA-17 crew members participated in ISS Expedition 22 and Expedition 23. The mission ended when the Soyuz TMA-17 capsule landed on June 2, 2010.


Position[3] Crew Member
Commander Russia Oleg Kotov, Roscosmos
Expedition 22
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 United States Timothy Creamer, NASA
Expedition 22
Only spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Japan Soichi Noguchi, JAXA
Expedition 22
Second spaceflight

Crew notes[edit]

Noguchi is the first JAXA astronaut and the second Japanese astronaut to fly on a Soyuz, after Toyohiro Akiyama.

Backup crew[edit]

Position Crew Member
Commander Russia Anton Shkaplerov
Flight Engineer 1 United States Douglas H. Wheelock, NASA
Flight Engineer 2 Japan Satoshi Furukawa, JAXA

Launch and docking[edit]

Soyuz TMA-17 was launched on December 20, 2009 and transported three members of the ISS Expedition 22 crew to the station. TMA-17 is the 104th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz will most likely remain on board the space station for the remainder of the Expedition 22 increment to serve as an emergency escape vehicle.

This mission marked the first Soyuz launch in the month of December for almost 19 years. The prior Soyuz launch in the month of December was Soyuz TM-11 on December 2, 1990.

This mission also included the last planned docking of a Soyuz at the nadir, or Earth-facing, port of the Zarya module. The Rassvet module was attached to Zarya's nadir port during the STS-132 mission.[4]


On May 12, 2010, the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft was relocated to the aft port of the Zvezda module.[5] At 9:23 a.m EDT, Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi temporarily undocked the spacecraft from the nadir port of Zarya and flew it to the aft port of the Zvezda service module. The docking occurred at 9:53 a.m EDT. After hooks and latches were engaged, the crew conducted leak checks, opened hatches around 12:40 p.m EDT and then re-entered the station through the service module.[6]

Undocking and landing[edit]

Soyuz TMA-17 capsule lands on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Expedition 23 commander Oleg Kotov was at the controls of the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft as it undocked at 0:04 UTC on June 2, 2010 from the space station's Zvezda module.

The Soyuz TMA-17 crew capsule landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 3:25 UTC on 2 June 2010 wrapping up their stay aboard the space station.[7]

Prior to the landing on May 26, 2010, the orbital altitude of the ISS was lowered by 1.5 kilometers to 345 kilometers to ensure perfect conditions for the re-entry of the Soyuz TMA-17 into the Earth's atmosphere. The orbit of the ISS was adjusted using the four engines on board the Progress M-05M spacecraft.[8]

Soyuz TMA-17 firing its retro-rockets on landing


  1. ^ Russian Federal Space Agency (May 12, 2010). "Soyuz TMA-17: Redocking Plan (Mission from FGB Nadir Port to Zvezda Instrumentation Compartment)". Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  2. ^ Yembrick, John; Byerly, Josh (2009-12-20). "Crew Lifts Off From Kazakhstan to Begin Science and Construction Work Aboard the International Space Station" (Press release). NASA. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  3. ^ NASA Assigns Space Station Crews, Updates Expedition Numbering - NASA press release - 08-306 - Nov. 21, 2008
  4. ^ Stephen Clark (December 17, 2009). "Russian storage module arrives in Florida for launch". Spaceflight Now.
  5. ^ NASA (May 12, 2010). "ISS On-Orbit Status 05/12/10". Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Justin Ray (May 12, 2010). "Station crew clears the path for space shuttle mission". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  7. ^ William Harwood (June 2, 2010). "Soyuz brings international crew back to Earth". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  8. ^ RIA Novosti (May 26, 2010). "ISS orbit lowered prior to Soyuz landing - Russian space agency". Retrieved June 2, 2010.

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