Soyuz MS-06
Expedition 53 Soyuz Launch (NHQ201709130002).jpg
Soyuz MS-06 night launch to the ISS
Mission typeISS crew transport
COSPAR ID2017-054A
SATCAT no.42937
Mission duration168 days 5 hours 13 minutes 58 seconds
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz MS
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-MS 11F747
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7080 kg
Crew size3
MembersAlexander Misurkin
Mark T. Vande Hei
Joseph M. Acaba
Start of mission
Launch date12 September 2017,
21:17:02 UTC[1]
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 1/5
ContractorProgress Rocket Space Centre
End of mission
Landing date28 February 2018 02:31 UTC [2]
Landing siteSteppes of the Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Docking with ISS
Docking portPoisk zenith
Docking date13 September 2017, 02:55 UTC
Undocking date27 February 2018, 23:08 UTC
Time docked167 days 20 hours 13 minutes
Soyuz MS-06 crew.jpg

(l-r) Acaba, Misurkin and Vande Hei
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz MS-06 was a Soyuz spaceflight which launched on 13 September 2017.[1] It transported three members of the Expedition 53 crew to the International Space Station. Soyuz MS-06 was the 135th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consisted of a Russian commander, and two American flight engineers.[3] It returned to Earth on 28 February 2018 after 168 days in orbit.[2]


Position Crew member
Commander Russia Alexander Misurkin, Roscosmos
Expedition 53
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 United States Mark T. Vande Hei, NASA
Expedition 53
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Joseph M. Acaba, NASA
Expedition 53
Third spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[4] Crew member
Commander Russia Anton Shkaplerov, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 1 United States Scott D. Tingle, NASA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Shannon Walker, NASA
External video
video icon Soyuz MS-06 and ISS over Moscow on 13 September 2017.

Due to a decision to cut down the number of participating Russian astronauts in 2017, changes were made in crew assignments to the ISS.[5] Originally set to be on Soyuz MS-04, Alexander Misurkin and Mark T. Vande Hei have been assigned to Soyuz MS-06 instead.[3]


  1. ^ a b Pietrobon, Steven (5 February 2017). "Russian Launch Manifest". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bergin, Chris (27 February 2018). "Soyuz MS-06 returns three ISS crew members to Earth". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "NASA Updates 2017 International Space Station Crew Assignments". NASA. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Manned Spaceflight Launch and Landing Schedule". SpaceFacts. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ Irene Klotz (16 November 2016). "NASA, Russia Set Flights for Trimmed-Down Space Station Crew". Retrieved 21 November 2016.