Soyuz MS-07
The launch of Soyuz MS-07
Mission typeISS resupply
OperatorRoskosmos
COSPAR ID2017-081A
SATCAT no.43063
Mission duration168 days 5 hours 18 minutes
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz MS
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-MS 11F747
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7290 kg
Crew
Crew size3
MembersAnton Shkaplerov
Scott D. Tingle
Norishige Kanai
CallsignAstraeus
Start of mission
Launch date17 December 2017, 07:21 UTC[1]
RocketSoyuz-FG
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 1/5
End of mission
Landing date3 June 2018, 12:39 UTC
Landing siteSteppes of the Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.66°
Docking with ISS
Docking portRassvet nadir
Docking date19 December 2017, 08:39 UTC [2]
Undocking date3 June 2018, 09:16 UTC
Time docked166 days 0 hour 37 minutes

Soyuz MS-07 mission patch

From left to right: Tingle, Shkaplerov and Kanai
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)
 

Soyuz MS-07 was a Soyuz spaceflight launched on 17 December 2017 at 07:21 UTC.[1] It transported three members of the Expedition 54 crew to the International Space Station. Soyuz MS-07 was the 136th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consisted of a Russian commander, Japanese doctor, and an American flight engineer.[3]

Crew

Position Crew member
Commander Russia Anton Shkaplerov, Roscosmos
Expedition 54
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 United States Scott D. Tingle, NASA
Expedition 54
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Japan Norishige Kanai, JAXA
Expedition 54
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Crew member [4]
Commander Russia Sergey Prokopyev, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 1 Germany Alexander Gerst, ESA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Jeanette Epps, NASA

Crew notes

Originally Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov was to have commanded the mission, although he was removed from the flight crew and pushed back to Soyuz MS-13 due to a temporary medical issue, Shkaplerov was brought off the backup crew and replaced him as Soyuz commander and ISS commander for Expedition 55.[5]

Mission

Media related to Soyuz MS-07 at Wikimedia Commons

International Space Station configuration. Four spaceships are docked including the SpaceX Dragon CRS-14 ISS resupply, the Progress MS-08 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-07 and Soyuz MS-08 crew ships.
International Space Station configuration. Four spaceships are docked including the SpaceX Dragon CRS-14 ISS resupply, the Progress MS-08 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-07 and Soyuz MS-08 crew ships.

The Soyuz spacecraft was carrying Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The arrival of Tingle, Shkaplerov, and Kanai restored the station's crew complement to six. They have joined Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and his crewmates, Mark T. Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA. The crew members spent more than four months conducting approximately 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development. Vande Hei, Acaba, and Misurkin are remain aboard the station until February 2018, and Tingle, Shkaplerov, and Kanai have returned to Earth in June 2018.[6]

This crew continues the long-term increase in crew size on the U.S. segment from three to four, allowing NASA to maximize time dedicated to research on the space station. Highlights of upcoming investigations include the benefits of manufacturing fiber optic filaments in a microgravity environment, a new study looking at structures that are vital to the design of advanced optical materials and electronic devices, and examining a drug compound and drug delivery system designed to combat muscular breakdown in space or during other prolonged periods of disuse, such as extended bed rest on Earth. For more than 17 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,100 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Gebhardt, Chris (17 December 2017). "Soyuz MS-07 launches on final human mission of 2017". NASASpaceflight.com.
  2. ^ Soyuz with three-man crew docks with space station
  3. ^ "NASA Updates 2017 International Space Station Crew Assignments". NASA. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Manned Spaceflight Launch and Landing Schedule
  5. ^ https://www.americaspace.com/2017/12/17/soyuz-ms-07-crew-launches-bound-for-six-month-space-station-increment/
  6. ^ a b "Display: Soyuz MS-07 2017-081A". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.