Soyuz MS-03
ISS-50 Soyuz MS-03 docked to Rassvet over Florida.jpg
Soyuz MS-03 docked to International Space Station (ISS).
Mission typeISS crew transport
COSPAR ID2016-070A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.41864
Mission duration196 days 17 hours 49 minutes
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz MS
Spacecraft typeSoyuz MS 11F732A48
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7080 kg
Crew size3 (launching)
2 (landing)
MembersOleg Novitsky
Thomas Pesquet
LaunchingPeggy Whitson
Start of mission
Launch date17 November 2016,
20:17:00 UTC
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 1
ContractorProgress Rocket Space Centre
End of mission
Landing date2 June 2017, 14:10 UTC
Landing siteSteppes of the Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Docking with ISS
Docking portRassvet nadir
Docking date19 November 2016, 21:58 UTC
Undocking date2 June 2017, 10:47 UTC
Time docked194 days
Soyuz MS-03 crew (2).jpg

(l-r) Pesquet, Whitson and Novitsky
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz MS-03 was a Soyuz spaceflight launched on 17 November 2016.[1] It transported three members of the Expedition 50 crew to the International Space Station. MS-03 was the 132nd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consisted of a Russian commander with American and French flight engineers.[2]


Position[3] Launching Crew Member Landing Crew Member
Commander Russia Oleg Novitsky, Roscosmos
Expedition 50
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 France Thomas Pesquet, ESA
Expedition 50
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Peggy Whitson, NASA
Expedition 50
Third[5] spaceflight
N/A [4]

Backup crew

Position[6] Crew Member
Commander Russia Fyodor Yurchikhin, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 1 Italy Paolo Nespoli, ESA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Jack D. Fischer, NASA

Mission highlights

Soyuz MS-03 launched with Expedition 50/51 on 17 November 2016, at 20:17 UTC. Astronaut Peggy Whitson, at age 56, became the oldest woman to fly into space.[7][8] Soyuz MS-03 docked at the International Space Station on 19 November 2016.[9] On 2 June 2017, Soyuz MS-03 undocked from the ISS, carrying Oleg Novitsky and Thomas Pesquet back to Earth after 196 days in space. Whitson remained on the ISS and returned on Soyuz MS-04 on 3 September 2017.


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  4. ^ Harwood, William. "Whitson's station expedition extended three months". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
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  7. ^ "NASA's Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Woman in Space". ABC News. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  8. ^ Chiara Palazzo (18 November 2016). "NASA veteran Peggy Whitson becomes the oldest woman in space as she blasts off for ISS". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
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