|Mission type||ISS crew transport|
|Mission duration||199d 16h 42m 46s|
|Spacecraft||Soyuz 11F732A47 No.715|
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-TMA 11F747|
Terry W. Virts, Jr.
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||23 November 2014|
|Launch site||Baikonur 31/6|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||11 June 2015|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Rassvet nadir|
|Docking date||24 November 2014|
|Undocking date||11 June 2015|
|Time docked||199 days, 7 hours, 31 minutes|
(l-r) Shkaplerov, Cristoforetti and Virts
Soyuz TMA-15M was a 2014 flight to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 42 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-15M was the 124th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft, the first flight launching in 1967. The Soyuz remained docked to the space station for the Expedition 43 increment, serving as an emergency escape vehicle until departing and returning to Earth as scheduled in June 2015.
|Commander|| Anton Shkaplerov, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1|| Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA|
|Flight Engineer 2|| Terry W. Virts, Jr., NASA|
Second and last spaceflight
|Commander||Oleg Kononenko, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1||Kimiya Yui, JAXA|
|Flight Engineer 2||Kjell N. Lindgren, NASA|
Soyuz TMA-15M launched successfully aboard a Soyuz-FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 21:01 UTC on Sunday, 23 November 2014. The spacecraft reached low Earth orbit approximately nine minutes after lift-off. After executing rendezvous maneuvers, the Soyuz docked with the International Space Station at 02:49 UTC on 24 November, with hatch opening occurring at 05:00 UTC.
Soyuz TMA-15M was scheduled to remain docked to the ISS—serving as an emergency escape vehicle, planned to be on-board until May 2015. The landing was delayed until June 2015, when it was set to depart and return Shkaplerov, Cristoforetti and Virts to Earth.
Soyuz TMA-15M undocked from the ISS at 10:20 UTC on 11 June 2015, containing Shkaplerov, Cristoforetti, and Virts. Following a deorbit burn, the Soyuz spacecraft's descent module reentered the Earth's atmosphere. The crew landed safely in Kazakhstan at 13:44 UTC on 11 June, just over three hours after departing the ISS.