Soyuz MS-06

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Soyuz MS-06
Expedition 53 Soyuz Launch (NHQ201709130002).jpg
Soyuz MS-06 night launch to the ISS
COSPAR ID2017-054A
SATCAT no.42937
Mission duration168d 5h 13m 58s
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-MS 11F747
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Crew size3
MembersAlexander Misurkin
Mark Vande Hei
Joseph Acaba
Start of mission
Launch date12 September 2017 21:17:02 UTC [1]
Launch siteBaikonur Pad 1/5
End of mission
Landing date28 February 2018 02:31 UTC [2]
Landing siteKazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking portPoisk zenith
Docking date13 September 2017 02:55 UTC
Undocking date27 February 2018 23:08 UTC
Time docked167d 20h 13m
Soyuz-MS-06-Mission-Patch.png Soyuz MS-06 crew.jpg
(l-r) Acaba, Misurkin and Vande Hei
Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)

Soyuz MS-06 is a Soyuz spaceflight which launched on 13 September 2017.[1] 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.[3] It returned to Earth on 28 February 2018 after 168 days in orbit.[2]


Position Crew member
Commander Russia Alexander Misurkin, RSA
Expedition 53
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 United States Mark Vande Hei, NASA
Expedition 53
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Joseph Acaba, NASA
Expedition 53
Third spaceflight

Backup crew[edit]

Position[4] Crew member
Commander Russia Aleksandr Skvortsov, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 United States Scott Tingle, NASA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Shannon Walker, NASA
External video
Soyuz MS-06 and ISS over Moscow on 13 September 2017..

Due to a decision to cut down the number of participating Russian astronauts in 2017, changes were made in crew assignments to the ISS.[5] Originally set to be on Soyuz MS-04, Alexander Misurkin and Mark Vande Hei have been assigned to Soyuz MS-06 instead.[3]


  1. ^ a b Pietrobon, Steven (5 February 2017). "Russian Launch Manifest". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bergin, Chris (27 February 2018). "Soyuz MS-06 returns three ISS crew members to Earth". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "NASA Updates 2017 International Space Station Crew Assignments". NASA. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Manned Spaceflight Launch and Landing Schedule". spacefacts. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ Irene Klotz (16 November 2016). "NASA, Russia Set Flights for Trimmed-Down Space Station Crew". Retrieved 21 November 2016.