ISS Expedition 33
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Mission typeISS Expedition
Space stationInternational Space Station
Began16 September 2012, 23:09 (2012-09-16UTC23:09Z) UTC[1]
Ended18 November 2012 (2012-11-19)[1]
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-05M
Soyuz TMA-06M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-05M
Soyuz TMA-06M
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 32/33:
Sunita Williams
Yuri Malenchenko
Akihiko Hoshide

Expedition 33/34:
Kevin A. Ford
Oleg Novitskiy
Evgeny Tarelkin

Expedition 33 mission patch

(l-r) Williams, Malenchenko, Hoshide, Tarelkin, Novitskiy and Ford 

Expedition 33 was the 33rd long-duration expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). It began on 16 September 2012 with the departure from the ISS of the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft, which returned the Expedition 32 crew to Earth.[1]


Position First Part
(September–October 2012)
Second Part
(October–November 2012)
Commander United States Sunita Williams, NASA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Yuri Malenchenko, RSA
Fifth spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Japan Akihiko Hoshide, JAXA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 United States Kevin A. Ford, NASA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Russia Oleg Novitskiy, RSA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Russia Evgeny Tarelkin, RSA
Only spaceflight
CubeSats launched by Expedition 33 crew on 4 October 2012.

Notable experiments

The crew successfully experimented with the Delay-tolerant networking protocol and managed to control a Lego robot on earth from space.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Expedition 33". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  2. ^ NASA HQ (2010). "NASA And Partners Assign Crews For Upcoming Space Station Missions". NASA. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Astronaut Bio: Sunita Williams". NASA. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Selection of Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide as a Member of the ISS Expedition Crew". JAXA. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  5. ^ "NASA, ESA Use Experimental Interplanetary Internet to Test Robot from International Space Station". 7 April 2015.