Soyuz TMA-12M

Soyuz TMA -12M 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 -38S. It is the 38th visit of a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and the 144th flight in Sojusprogramm be.


Main occupation

  • Alexander Alexandrovich Skvortsov ( second space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Oleg Hermanovitch Artjemjew ( first space flight), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Steven Ray Swanson ( third space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)

Backup crew

  • Alexander Mikhailovich Samokutjajew ( second space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Yelena Serova Olegovna ( first space flight ), aircraft engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Eugene Barry Wilmore ( second space flight ), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)

Mission Description

The mission brings three crew members of the ISS Expeditions 39 and 40 to the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TMA -10M triggers from a rescue capsule.

Soyuz TMA -12M was scheduled to be coupled in the " Express Mode ", so after six hours or four orbits of the ISS. The necessary two first thruster firings took place properly. The third firing was probably made ​​for the incorrect path data. In response, the Russian flight controllers decided for the conventional approach over a period of two days. The approach to the ISS, the coupling and the transfer of the spacemen were then performed without any problems.