Expedition 29

ISS Expedition 29 mission is the designation for the 29 long-term crew of the International Space Station ( ISS). The mission began with the uncoupling of the spaceship Soyuz TMA -21 from the ISS on September 16, 2011 at 0:38 UTC. The end was marked by the uncoupling of Soyuz TMA- 02M on November 21, 2011 23:00 UTC.


  • Michael Edward Fossum ( third space flight), Commander (USA / NASA) ( Soyuz TMA- 02M )
  • Satoshi Furukawa ( first space flight), flight engineer ( Japan / JAXA ) ( Soyuz TMA- 02M )
  • Sergei Alexandrovich Volkov ( second space flight), flight engineer ( Russia / Roscosmos ) ( Soyuz TMA- 02M )

Additionally, as of November 16, 2011:

  • Anton Nikolaevich Shkaplerov ( first space flight), flight engineer ( Russia / Roscosmos ) ( Soyuz TMA -22)
  • Anatoly Alexeyevich Ivanishin ( first space flight), flight engineer ( Russia / Roscosmos ) ( Soyuz TMA -22)
  • Daniel Christopher Burbank ( third space flight), flight engineer (USA / NASA) ( Soyuz TMA -22)

After the departure of Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov Burbank took command and formed with Shkaplerov and Ivanishin the initial crew of the ISS Expedition 30

Backup crew

The backup crew of ISS Expedition recruited from the backup crews of the Soyuz shuttle respective spaceships ( see there). If everything is going according to plan, these teams two Soyuz missions and thus two ISS expeditions are then usually later for regular use.

Mission History

Originally starting on September 22, 2011 Soyuz TMA -22, the second part of the team. After the misfire of the third stage of the Soyuz-U rocket from Progress M -12M on August 24, the mission was moved to November in order to first determine the cause of false starts can. The launch finally took place on November 14, the ship docked on 16 November at the space station.

Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov remained only about a week to pass the ISS to their colleagues Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin since the landing of Soyuz TMA- 02M due to adverse weather and daylight conditions could not occur after November 22, at the landing site in Kazakhstan. To support the handover, the crew of Soyuz TMA- 02M prepared a series of videos that explained the crew of Soyuz TMA -22 the then state of the ISS.