Soyuz TMA-13M

Soyuz TMA-13M

Soyuz TMA-13M
Soyuz TMA-13M docked to the ISS, flying above California and Nevada.
Operator Roskosmos
Mission duration 165 days, 8 hours, 1 minute
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Soyuz 11F732A47 No.713
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F747
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Launch mass 305,000 Kilograms
Crew size 3
Members Maksim Surayev
Gregory R. Wiseman
Alexander Gerst
Callsign Cepheus
Start of mission
Launch date 28 May 2014
19:57:41 UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date 10 November 2014
03:58 UTC
Landing site Kazakh Steppe, Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking port Rassvet nadir
Docking date 29 May 2014
01:44 UTC
Undocking date 10 November 2014
00:31 UTC [1]
Time docked 164 days, 22 hours, 47 minutes

(l-r) Gerst, Wiseman and Surayev

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
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Soyuz TMA-13M was a 2014 flight to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 40 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-13M is the 122nd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since 1967, and the 39th Soyuz mission to the ISS. The Soyuz remained docked to the space station for the Expedition 41 increment to serve as an emergency escape vehicle until its departure in November 2014.


  • Crew 1
    • Backup crew 1.1
  • Mission highlights 2
    • Rollout 2.1
    • Launch, rendezvous and docking 2.2
    • Undocking and return to Earth 2.3
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4


Position[2] Crew Member
Commander Maksim Surayev, RSA
Expedition 40
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Gregory R. Wiseman, NASA
Expedition 40
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Alexander Gerst, ESA
Expedition 40
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[3] Crew Member
Commander Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA
Flight Engineer 2 Terry W. Virts, NASA

Mission highlights


The Soyuz FG rocket carrying the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft was rolled to the launch pad at Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 26 May 2014. Under sunny skies, the roll out began at 7 o'clock in the morning. The rollout was attended by the Soyuz backup crew members, Anton Shkaplerov, Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts. The Soyuz TMA-13M prime crew was not at the event, since it is considered to bring bad luck.[4] Once the 49.5 meter tall Soyuz FG rocket was erected in its vertical launch position, the launcher was enclosed by its service structure, to provide protection and access platforms for workers.

Launch, rendezvous and docking

Launch of Soyuz TMA-13M occurred successfully at 19:57 UTC on May 28, 2014, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Upon achieving orbit approximately nine minutes after launch, TMA-13M began a four-orbit rendezvous with the International Space Station.[5] Soyuz TMA-13M subsequently docked with the Rassvet module of the ISS at 1:44 UTC on May 29. Hatches were opened between the two spacecraft just over two hours later at 3:52 UTC.[6]

Undocking and return to Earth

Soyuz TMA-13M undocked from the International Space Station at 00:31 UTC on November 10, 2014, with a 4-minute, 41-second deorbit burn occurring at 03:05 UTC. The spacecraft successfully landed northwest of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan at 03:58 UTC.[7]



  1. ^ "Expedition 41 Departs from Station in Soyuz". Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst to fly to Space Station in 2014". ESA. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ (2013). "Орбитальные полёты". 
  4. ^ "Soyuz FG rolled to Launch Pad for Liftoff with next ISS Crew on Wednesday". 26 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Clark, Stephen. "Mission Status Center". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Arrival of Expedition 40 Trio Expands Station Crew to Six". NASA. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Soyuz Completes Deorbit Burn, Expedition 41 Headed Home". NASA. Retrieved 10 November 2014.