Alexander Alexanderovich Misurkin (Russian: Aлександр Aлександрович Мисуркин) born on September 23, 1977, a major in the Russian Air Force, is a Russian cosmonaut, selected in 2006. He flew aboard Soyuz TMA-08M on 28 March 2013 as his first space mission, and launched on Soyuz MS-06 as his second flight, in 2017. He was Commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 54.
Alexander Alexanderovich Misurkin
Aleksandr Misurkin pictured in 2017
|Born||September 23, 1977|
|Occupation||Major, Russian Air Force|
Time in space
|334 days 11 hours 29 minutes|
|Selection||2006 TsPK-14 Cosmonaut Group|
Total EVA time
|28 hours and 14 minutes|
|Missions||Soyuz TMA-08M (Expedition 35/36), Soyuz MS-06 (Expedition 53/54)|
Misurkin is married to Olga Anatolievna Misurkina. The couple has two children. His parents, Lyudmila Georgievna and Alexander Mikhailovich Misurkin, reside in Oryol, Russia.
In 1994, Misurkin graduated from vocational school #1 in Oryol. He then entered the Kacha High Air Force Pilot School, where he studied to September 1998. He continued pilot training at the Armavir Military Aviation Institute, and graduated in October 1999 with a gold medal as a pilot-engineer.
In October 2006 Misurkin was approved as a cosmonaut candidate and enlisted in the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut (GCTC) Corps. He took the basic training at GCTC from February 2007 to June 2009, which he completed on 2 June 2009. Misurkin was qualified as a test-cosmonaut 9 June 2009.
From August 2009 to February 2011 he took advanced training specializing in the International Space Station (ISS) program. From January 2011 he trained as the Expedition 33/34 and Soyuz TMA-M backup crew flight engineer.
Misurkin flew on Soyuz TMA-08M which launched at 20:43:20 on 28 March 2013. This was the first manned flight to use the fast rendezvous approach to the International Space Station, reaching the space station in less than 6 hours. Previous flights had required two days to dock with the station. Misurkin joined the crew of ISS Expedition 35.
On February 2, 2018 Misurkin along with flight engineer Anton Shkaplerov participated in an 8-hour 13 minutes spacewalk outside of the ISS to replace an old electronics box for a high-gain communications antenna. At completion, the two cosmonauts set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk to date.
|#||Spacecraft launch||Launch date||Mission||Spacecraft landing||Landing date||Duration||Spacewalk times||Spacewalk duration|
|1||Soyuz TMA-08M||28 March 2013, 20:43 UTC||ISS-35 / ISS-36||Soyuz TMA 08M||11 September 2013, 02:58 UTC||166 days 06 hours 15 minutes||3||20 hours 01 minute|
|2||Soyuz MS-06||12 September 2017, 21:17 UTC||ISS-53 / ISS-54||Soyuz MS-06||28 February 2018, 02:31 UTC||168 days 05 hours 14 minutes||1||8 hours 13 minutes|
|334 days 11 hours 29 minutes||4||28 hours 14 minutes|
| ISS Expedition Commander
December 14, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Anton Nikolaevich Shkaplerov (Russian: Антон Николаевич Шкаплеров) (born February 20, 1972 in Sevastopol, Ukrainian SSR) is a Russian cosmonaut. He is a veteran of three spaceflights and is a former Commander of the International Space Station.Expedition 53
Expedition 53 was the 53rd expedition to the International Space Station, which began upon the departure of Soyuz MS-04 on September 3, 2017 and concluded upon the departure of Soyuz MS-05 on December 14, 2017. Randolph Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli and Sergey Ryazansky were transferred from Expedition 52, with Randolph Bresnik taking the commander role. Transfer of Command from Expedition 53 to Expedition 54 was done on December 13, 2017. Expedition 53 officially ended on December 14, 2017 5:14 UTC, with the undocking of Soyuz MS-05.Expedition 54
Expedition 54 was the 54th expedition to the International Space Station, which began upon the departure of Soyuz MS-05 on December 17, 2017 and concluded upon the departure of Soyuz MS-06 on February 27, 2018. Alexander Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba were transferred from Expedition 53, with Alexander Misurkin taking the commander role. Transfer of Command from Expedition 54 to Expedition 55 was done on February 26, 2018. Expedition 54 officially ended on February 27, 2018 23:08 UTC, with the undocking of Soyuz MS-06.Fyodor Yurchikhin
Fyodor Nikolayevich Yurchikhin (Russian: Фёдор Николаевич Юрчихин, Greek: Θεόδωρος Γιουρτσίχιν του Νικόλαου; born 3 January 1959), is a Russian cosmonaut of Greek descent, engineer and RSC Energia test-pilot who has flown on five spaceflights. His first spaceflight was a 10-day Space Shuttle mission STS-112. His second was a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 15; for this mission he was launched in the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft. He has undertaken two further long-duration stays aboard the ISS, as a crew member of Expedition 24 / 25. For this mission he was launched with the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-19, and he landed in November 2010, also with the TMA-19 spacecraft. He served as Soyuz Commander for his fourth mission aboard Soyuz TMA-09M, as Flight Engineer for Expedition 36 and ISS Commander for Expedition 37. In April 2017, Yurchikhin launched on Soyuz MS-04 for the fifth spaceflight of his career, a six-month mission to the ISS as part of Expedition 51 and 52, for which he was the Commander.List of International Space Station expeditions
This is a chronological list of expeditions to the International Space Station (ISS). All permanent ISS crews are named "Expedition n", where n is sequentially increased with each expedition. Resupply mission crews and space tourists are excluded (see List of human spaceflights to the ISS for details). ISS commanders are listed in italics. "Duration" refers to the crew and does not always correspond to "Flight up" or "Flight down".List of Russian manned space missions
This is a list of the manned space missions conducted by the Russian Federal Space Agency since 1992. All Russian manned space missions thus far have been carried out using the Soyuz vehicle, and all visited either Mir or the International Space Station.
The Russian Federal Space Agency was the successor to the Soviet space program. Numeration of the Soyuz flights therefore continues from previous Soviet Soyuz launches. For previous flights of the Soyuz and other manned space vehicles, see List of Soviet manned space missions.List of Soyuz missions
This is a list of crewed and uncrewed flights of Soyuz series spacecraft.
The Soyuz programme is an ongoing human spaceflight programme which was initiated by the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, originally part of a Moon landing project intended to put a Soviet cosmonaut on the Moon. It is the third Soviet human spaceflight programme after the Vostok and Voskhod programmes. Since the 1990s, as the successor state to the Soviet Union, Russia has continued and expanded the programme, which became part of a multinational collaboration to ensure a permanent human presence in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS). Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, Soyuz spacecraft are the exclusive vessels ferrying astronauts to and from the ISS.List of human spaceflights, 2011–present
This is a detailed list of human spaceflights from 2011 to the present.
Green indicates a suborbital flight (including flights that failed to attain intended orbit).List of longest spacewalks
This is a list of the 20 longest spacewalks, also known as an extra-vehicular activity or EVA. "Agency" here refers to the organization under whose auspices the EVA was conducted (so a Swiss or Japanese astronaut would be listed under NASA if they wore NASA suits and were controlled by Mission Control Houston).
For details, see lists of spacewalks from 1965-1999, 2000-2014, and 2015-present.List of spacewalkers
This is a list of all astronauts who have engaged in an EVA by partly or fully leaving a spacecraft, exclusive of extravehicular activity on the lunar surface. It is ordered chronologically by the date of first spacewalk.
For a list of astronauts who have performed lunar EVA ("moonwalks") see List of Apollo astronauts who walked on the Moon.
The following 11 countries have flown spacewalkers: United States of America 129, Russia (formerly Soviet Union) 63, France 4, Canada, Germany and Japan 3 each, China 2, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and Great Britain 1 each.
The symbol following a name denotes a female spacewalker.List of spacewalks since 2015
This list contains all spacewalks performed since the beginning of 2015 where an astronaut has fully, or partially left the spacecraft.
As of 19 August 2016, 215 astronauts have made spacewalks (out of 549 people who have gone into Earth orbit).Oleg Kotov
Oleg Valeriyevich Kotov (Russian: Олег Валериевич Котов) was born on October 27, 1965, in Simferopol, Crimean oblast in the Ukrainian SSR. After a career as a physician assigned to the Soviet space program, he joined the Russian cosmonaut corps. He has flown two long duration spaceflights on the International Space Station logging just short of a year in space. Most recently, Kotov flew on the Soyuz TMA-10M/Expedition 37/Expedition 38 long duration spaceflight, from September 2013 until March 2014.Pirs (ISS module)
Pirs (Russian: Пирс, meaning "pier") – also called "Stykovochny Otsek 1" ("SO-1") (Russian: Стыковочный отсек, "docking module" and DC-1 (docking compartment) – is a Russian module on the International Space Station (ISS). Pirs was launched in August 2001. It provides the ISS with one docking port for Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, and allows egress and ingress for spacewalks by cosmonauts using Russian Orlan space suits.
A second docking compartment, "Stykovochniy Otsek 2" or SO-2, was planned with the same design. However, when the Russian segment of the ISS was redesigned in 2001, the new design no longer included the SO-2, and its construction was canceled. After another change of plans the SO-2 module finally evolved into the Poisk module, which was added to the ISS in 2009.
Pirs was scheduled to be detached from the ISS and deorbited in 2017 by Progress MS-06, to make room for the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka, however due to the repetitive delays with the laboratory module, this maneuver was postponed for Progress MS-09 in 2019.Sergey Ryazansky
Sergey Nikolayevich Ryazansky (Russian: Серге́й Николаевич Рязанский; born November 13, 1974) is a Russian cosmonaut. He was selected as commander of the IMBP-6 cosmonaut group in 2003, but later transferred to the TsPK Cosmonaut Group. Ryazansky made his first spaceflight aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M/Expedition 37/Expedition 38 mission from September 2013 until March 2014. In 2017, Ryazansky returned to space was the commander of Soyuz MS-05, and served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 52 / 53.Soyuz MS-02
Soyuz MS-02 was a 2016 Soyuz spaceflight that was planned for a 23 September 2016 launch, but because of technical difficulties it launched on 19 October 2016. It transported three members of the Expedition 49 crew to orbit and docked with the International Space Station. MS-02 was the 131st flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consists of a Russian commander and flight engineer, as well as an American flight engineer.
MS-02 docked with (Poisk (MRM-2) module on Friday, October 21, 2016.MS-02 returned to Earth on Monday, April 10, 2017. During its descent, the capsule was partially depressurized when the main parachute deployed. The landing occurred at 11:20 UTC. The total flight duration was 173 days.Soyuz MS-04
Soyuz MS-04 is a Soyuz spaceflight that launched on 20 April 2017 to the ISS. It transported two members of the Expedition 52 crew to the International Space Station. MS-04 is the 133rd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consists of a Russian commander and an American flight engineer. It is the first of the Soyuz MS series to rendezvous with the Station in approximately 6 hours, instead of the 2 day orbital rendezvous used for the previous launches. It was also the first Soyuz to launch with only 2 crew members since Soyuz TMA-2.Soyuz MS-05
Soyuz MS-05 was a Soyuz spaceflight which launched on 28 July 2017. It transported three members of the Expedition 52 crew to the International Space Station. MS-05 was the 134th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consists of a Russian commander, and a European and an American flight engineer. It returned to Earth on 14 December 2017 after 139 days on orbit.Soyuz MS-06
Soyuz MS-06 is a Soyuz spaceflight which launched on 13 September 2017. It transported three members of the Expedition 53 crew to the International Space Station. MS-06 was the 135th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consists of a Russian commander, and two American flight engineers. It returned to Earth on 28 February 2018 after 168 days in orbit.Soyuz TMA-08M
Soyuz TMA-08M (Russian: Союз ТМА-08M meaning Union TMA-08M), identified as Soyuz 34 or 34S by NASA, was a 2013 flight to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 35 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-08M was the 117th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft, the first flight launching in 1967.
The Russian Soyuz TMA-08M utilized the new 6-hour fast rendezvous flight profile developed by the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA) and previously tested on Progress M-16M and M-17M, instead of the usual two-day rendezvous, making it possible for crew members to leave ground facilities and board the International Space Station in less time than a typical transatlantic flight.