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Soyuz-TM 31



Soyuz TMA-1 was Russian passenger transportation satellite launched by a Soyuz-U rocket at 07:52 UT. It carried a crew of three to dock it with the Zvezda module of the International Space Station (ISS) at about 09:20 UT on 2 November. The Progress M1-3 cargo craft that remains docked with Zvezda will first be evicted to make way for the Soyuz. The crew of two Russian and one American cosmonauts will spend over three months in the ISS, and return to Earth in an American shuttle (STS 102) in February 2001. In the initial days, the crew will bring a variety of life support systems on-line, and create a lap-top computer network that will help run all systems in the ISS. The remaining months will be allotted for exercise and space endurance practice. The crew is the first batch of a decade-long "permanent inhabitation" of the ISS.

Alternate Names

  • 26603
  • Soyuz TMA-1
  • SoyuzTM31

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-10-31
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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