Soyuz TM-24
Soyuz TM-24 docked with Mir as seen from the Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-79.
COSPAR ID1996-047A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.24280Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration196 days, 17 hours, 26 minutes, 13 seconds
Orbits completed~3,160
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz 7K-STM No. 73
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.[1]


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


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