Soyuz TMA-17
Launch of TMA-17
Mission typeCrewed mission to ISS
COSPAR ID2009-074A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.36129
Mission duration164 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-TMA 11F732
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Crew size3
MembersOleg Kotov
Timothy Creamer
Soichi Noguchi
CallsignPulsar [1]
Start of mission
Launch date20 December 2009, 21:52 UTC[2]
Launch siteBaikonur, site 1/5
End of mission
Landing date2 June 2010, 03:25 UTC
Landing siteSteppes of Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Docking with ISS
Docking portZarya nadir
Docking date22 December 2009, 22:48 UTC
Undocking date12 May 2010, 13:26 UTC
Time docked140 days, 14 hours and 38 minutes
Docking with ISS
Docking portZvezda
Docking date12 May 2010, 13:53 UTC
Undocking date2 June 2010, 00:04 UTC
Time docked20 days, 10 hours and 11 minutes

From left to right: Creamer, Kotov and Noguchi
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz TMA-17 was a human spaceflight mission to the International Space Station (ISS). TMA-17 crew members participated in ISS Expedition 22 and Expedition 23. The mission ended when the Soyuz TMA-17 capsule landed on 2 June 2010.


Position[3] Crew Member
Commander Russia Oleg Kotov, Roscosmos
Expedition 22
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Japan Soichi Noguchi, JAXA
Expedition 22
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Timothy Creamer, NASA
Expedition 22
Only spaceflight

Crew notes

Noguchi is the first Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut and the second Japanese astronaut to fly on a Soyuz, after Toyohiro Akiyama.

Backup crew

Position Crew Member
Commander Russia Anton Shkaplerov, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 1 Japan Satoshi Furukawa, JAXA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Douglas H. Wheelock, NASA

Launch and docking

Soyuz TMA-17 was launched on 20 December 2009 and transported three members of the ISS Expedition 22 crew to the station. Soyuz TMA-17 was the 104th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz remained docked to the space station for the remainder of the Expedition 22 increment serving as an emergency escape vehicle.

This mission marked the first Soyuz launch in the month of December for more than 19 years. The prior Soyuz launch in the month of December was Soyuz TM-11 on 2 December 1990.

This mission also included the last planned docking of a Soyuz at the nadir, or Earth-facing, port of the Zarya module. The Rassvet module was attached to Zarya's nadir port during the STS-132 mission.[4]


On 12 May 2010, the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft was relocated to the aft port of the Zvezda module.[5] At 14:23 UTC, Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi temporarily undocked the spacecraft from the nadir port of Zarya and flew it to the aft port of the Zvezda service module. The docking occurred at 14:53 UTC. After hooks and latches were engaged, the crew conducted leak checks, opened hatches around 17:40 UTC and then re-entered the station through the service module.[6]

Undocking and landing

Soyuz TMA-17 capsule lands on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
Soyuz TMA-17 firing its retro-rockets on landing.

On 26 May 2010, the orbital altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) was lowered by 1.5 kilometers to 345 kilometers to ensure perfect conditions for the re-entry of the Soyuz TMA-17 into the Earth's atmosphere. The orbit of the ISS was adjusted using the four engines on board the Progress M-05M spacecraft.[citation needed]

Expedition 23 commander Oleg Kotov was at the controls of the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft as it undocked at 00:04 UTC on 2 June 2010 from the space station's Zvezda module. The Soyuz TMA-17 crew capsule landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 03:25 UTC on 2 June 2010 wrapping up their stay aboard the space station.[7]


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  3. ^ NASA Assigns Space Station Crews, Updates Expedition Numbering - NASA press release - 08-306 - November 21, 2008 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Stephen Clark (17 December 2009). "Russian storage module arrives in Florida for launch". Spaceflight Now.
  5. ^ "ISS On-Orbit Status 05/12/10". NASA. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ Justin Ray (12 May 2010). "Station crew clears the path for space shuttle mission". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  7. ^ William Harwood (2 June 2010). "Soyuz brings international crew back to Earth". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2 June 2010.