Soyuz TMA- 08M is a mission name for the flight of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. In the course of the ISS program of flight is called ISS AF - 34S. It was the 34th visit of a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and the 140th flight in Sojusprogramm. With a flight time of less than six hours it was until then the shortest manned flight to the International Space Station.
- Pavel Vinogradov ( third space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
- Alexander Alexandrovich Missurkin ( first space flight), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
- Christopher John Cassidy ( second space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)
- Oleg Kotov Valeryevich ( third space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
- Sergei Nikolaevich Rjasanski ( first space flight ), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
- Michael Scott Hopkins ( first space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)
The mission took three crew members of the ISS Expeditions 35 and 36 to the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TMA- 06M sparked off as a rescue capsule.
With a duration of 5 hours and 46 minutes it was the hitherto fastest flight to the ISS, which previously i had d R. lasted two days. This new " short pattern" was possible because of the new digital on-board computer of the modernized spacecraft Soyuz TMA -M type works independently from the control center in Korolev and also a constant radio contact with the crew is no longer necessary.
On September 10, 2013 at 23:37 UTC docked Soyuz TMA- 08M with Vinogradov, Missurkin and Cassidy on board from. Thus began at the ISS Expedition 37 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin as. The landing was then made on September 11 at 2:59 UTC 152 km southeast of Zhezkazgan at 13 degrees Celsius and a cloudless sky in the steppe of Kazakhstan.