Soyuz TMA-3

Soyuz TMA-3

Soyuz TMA-3
Operator Rosaviakosmos
Mission duration 194 days, 18 hours, 33 minutes, 12 seconds
Orbits completed ~3,170
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F732
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Alexander Kaleri
Michael Foale
Launching Pedro Duque
Landing André Kuipers
Callsign Ingul
Start of mission
Launch date October 18, 2003, 05:38:03 (2003-10-18T05:38:03Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
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Landing site 50.38° N, 67.20° E
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 193 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee 227 kilometres (141 mi)
Inclination 51.67 degrees
Docking with ISS

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TMA-2 Soyuz TMA-4

Soyuz TMA-3 was a Soyuz (Russian Союз ТМА-3, Union TMA-3) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle which was the third flight for the TMA modification of the Soyuz spacecraft, and the 7th Soyuz to fly to the ISS.


  • Crew 1
  • Original Crew 2
  • Mission parameters 3
    • Docking with ISS 3.1
    • Specifications 3.2
  • Mission highlights 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Alexander Kaleri, RKA[1]
Expedition 8
Fourth spaceflight
Flight Engineer Michael Foale, NASA[1]
Expedition 8
Sixth spaceflight
Flight Engineer Pedro Duque, ESA[2]
Second spaceflight
André Kuipers, ESA[1]
First spaceflight

Original Crew

Position Crew
Commander Vladimir Dezhurov, RKA
N/A (Taxi Flight)
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers, ESA
N/A (Taxi Flight)
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka
N/A (Taxi Flight)
First spaceflight

Mission parameters

  • Mass: ? kg
  • Perigee: 193 km
  • Apogee: 227 km
  • Inclination: 51.7°
  • Period: 88.6 min

Docking with ISS

  • Docked to ISS: October 20, 2003, 07:16 UTC (to Pirs module)
  • Undocked from ISS: April 29, 2004, 20:52 UTC (from Pirs module)


  • Max. altitude - 387.1 km
  • Min. altitude - 357.9 km
  • Period - 91.7 min
  • Inclination - 65.64°[3]

Mission highlights

Soyuz TMA-3 launch.

The commander of the Soyuz was Alexander Kaleri (Russia). The flight engineer was Michael Foale (USA), and Pedro Duque from Spain served as the second flight engineer. After docking with the ISS they exchanged the current crew on ISS and became the eighth station crew, called "ISS Expedition Eight". During the stay on the station Michael Foale was the ISS Commander, while Alexander Kaleri was the engineer. Foale was the first American to have served on both Mir and the ISS. Pedro Duque performed some ESA sponsored science experiments under the mission name Cervantes and then returned with the ISS 7 crew on Soyuz TMA-2.

The backup crew was William McArthur, Valery Tokarev and André Kuipers.

Foale and Kaleri along with André Kuipers, the third seater from TMA-4 landed on April 29, 2004, near Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. A minor helium leak did not affect their mission.


  1. ^ a b c "OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE about the landing of Soyuz TMA-3 descent vehicle".  
  2. ^ "Return to space for Spanish ESA astronaut".  
  3. ^ Energia.RU Press Release ISS

External links

  • Soyuz