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Soyuz-TMA 22



Soyuz-TMA 22 was launched from Baikonur on 14 November 2011 at 10:11 UT by a Soyuz rocket. The spacecraft, bound for the International Space Station (ISS), carried three crew members, two cosmonauts and one astronaut. The craft docked with the ISS Poisk module on 16 November 2011 at 05:24 UT. The launch had originally been scheduled for September, but was postponed after a failure of a similar Soyuz rocket carrying a Progress cargo spacecraft in August 2011. Because of the delay, the three new ISS crewmembers briefly shared the station with the current crew, who returned to Earth the following week. The new crew members will work on-board the orbiting laboratory until March 2012.

The ISS crew is expected to return to a six-member crew before the end of 2011. This launch marks the first manned flight since the retiring of the U.S. shuttle and the final flight of a Soyuz-TMA capsule. Future missions will be flown by a TMA-M spacecraft, the newer digital Soyuz spacecraft. Soyuz-TMA 22 is expected to remain docked for exactly four months, whereupon it is expected to undock and land on 16 March 2012.

Alternate Names

  • 37877
  • Soyuz-TMA22

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-11-14
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agencies

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


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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

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