Soyuz TMA-04M

Soyuz TMA- 04M is a mission name for a flight of Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. In the course of the ISS program of flight is called ISS AF -30S. It was the 30th visit of a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and the 136th flight in Sojusprogramm.


Main occupation

  • Gennady Ivanovich Padalka (4th space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Sergei Nikolaevich Rewin ( first space flight ), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Joseph Michael Acaba ( second space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)

Backup crew

  • Oleg Viktorovich Novitsky ( first space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Yevgeny Igorjewitsch Tarelkin ( first space flight), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Kevin Anthony Ford ( second space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)

Mission Description

The mission took three crew members of the ISS Expeditions 31 and 32 to the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TMA -22 sparked off as a rescue capsule.

Originally, the mission on 30 March 2012 should start. However, the re-entry capsule of the Soyuz spacecraft was seriously damaged with the tightness test in Energia plant Korolev. It was decided to discard the entire spacecraft with the serial number 704 and to accelerate the refurbishment of the actually provided for Soyuz TMA- 05M spacecraft. Thus, the next possible launch date of Soyuz TMA- 04M is postponed to 15th May 2012. The original spacecraft was equipped with a new landing capsule and used with the serial number 704A during space flight Soyuz TMA- 07M.

Soyuz TMA- 04M launched then easily on 15 May 2012 at 3:01 UTC from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad 1 of the ISS. Two days later the ship docked at 4:36 UTC to a record high of 399 kilometers, the Russian Mini Research Module Poisk.

The decoupling of the ISS took place on 16 September 2012, at 23:09 UTC. This marked the end of the ISS Expedition 32 and the start of Expedition 33 Landing in Kazakhstan took place about four hours later, on September 17, 2012 at 02:53 UTC. With this flight Padalka had spent a total of 711 days in space, only Sergei Krikaljow with 803 days, Alexander Kaleri 769 days and Sergei Avdeev with 747 days have more space experience than he.