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Soyuz-TMA 6



Soyuz-TMA 6 is a Russian automatic passenger transport craft that was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur at 00:46 UT on 15 April 2005. It transported a crew of three astronauts (a Russian, an American, and an Italian) to the International Space Station (ISS). The automatic docking took place at 02:19 UT on 17 April, as planned. During a 10-day visit, the Italian astronaut carried out experiments in human physiology, biology, technology, and education, and returned to earth in the previously docked Soyuz-TMA 5 (along with the two astronauts who had endured six months in the ISS). The other two astronauts on TMA-6 will spend the next six months in the station.

Alternate Names

  • 28640
  • Soyuz-TMA6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2005-04-15
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agencies

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)
  • Russian Space Agency (Russia)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair
  • Life Science
  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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