WSF logo

Soyuz TMA-2
(Expedition 7)


        Yuri Malenchenko [3], Commander
        Edward Lu [3], Flight Engineer (USA)
        Yuri Malenchenko
        Edward Lu
        Pedro Duque (Soyuz TMA-3)

Backup Crew:
    Aleksandr Kaleri
    Colin Foale (USA)

    Location: Baikonur, Site 1/5
    Date: 26 April 2003
    Time: 03:53:52 UTC

    Date: 28 October 2003
    Time: 02:40:20 UTC
    Location: 49° 55' N, 66° 57' E

    Zarya nadir, 28 April 2003 05:56 UTC - 27 October 2003 23:17 UTC

Duration: 184 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, 28 seconds

Call Sign: Agat (Agate)

Soyuz TMA-2 is the replacement for Soyuz TMA-1. The Soyuz is used as a lifeboat for the ISS. Because of fuel degradation, the Soyuz needs to be replaced every six months. Originally, the upload crew was to have returned in Soyuz TMA-1 after a several day stay aboard the ISS. Due to the destruction of the shuttle Columbia on 1 February 2003 and the grounding of the shuttle fleet, Soyuz TMA-2 became the vehicle to both upload and download the Expedition 7 crew.

The problems which occurred with the Soyuz TMA-1 landed were resolved and this landing was uneventful.

tma2_nasa.jpg (57145 bytes)



Page last modified: 20 June 2022 16:58:51.