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Soyuz TM-24
Soyuz TM-24 docked with Mir as seen from the Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-79.
COSPAR ID1996-047A
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Mission duration196 days, 17 hours, 26 minutes, 13 seconds
Orbits completed~3,160
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-TM
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7,150 kilograms (15,760 lb)
Crew size3
MembersValery Korzun
Aleksandr Kaleri
LaunchingClaudie André-Deshays
LandingReinhold Ewald
CallsignФрега́т (Fregat - Frigate)
Start of mission
Launch date17 August 1996, 13:18:03 (1996-08-17UTC13:18:03Z) UTC
End of mission
Landing date2 March 1997, 06:44:16 (1997-03-02UTC06:44:17Z) UTC
Landing site47°49′N 69°24′E / 47.82°N 69.40°E / 47.82; 69.40
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude235.1 kilometres (146.1 mi)
Apogee altitude287.4 kilometres (178.6 mi)
Inclination51.56 degrees
Docking with Mir
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz TM-24 was the 27th expedition to Mir. Soyuz TM-24 carried a crew of three. The crew consisted of Cosmonauts Valery Korzun and Aleksandr Kaleri, and the first French woman in space, Claudie André-Deshays. They joined American astronaut Shannon Lucid and Mir 21 crewmates Yuri Onufriyenko and Yuri Usachev. André-Deshays carried out biological and medical experiments on Mir for 16 days (the Cassiopée mission) before returning to Earth with Onufriyenko and Usachev.


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Russia Valery Korzun
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer Russia Aleksandr Kaleri
Second spaceflight
Research Cosmonaut France Claudie André-Deshays
First spaceflight
Germany Reinhold Ewald
Only spaceflight

Coordinates: 47°49′N 69°24′E / 47.817°N 69.400°E / 47.817; 69.400