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Soyuz TMA-6 launches to the International Space Station
|Mission duration||179.984 days|
|Spacecraft type||Soyuz-TMA 11F732|
|Launch mass||7,200 kilograms (15,900 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||April 15, 2005, 00:46:25UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||October 11, 2005, 01:09:00UTC|
|Perigee altitude||349 kilometres (217 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||360 kilometres (220 mi)|
|Docking with ISS|
(l to r) Vittori, Krikalev, Phillips
Soyuz TMA-6 was a human spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS). It carried three crew members of Expedition 11 to the International Space Station. It was the 26th Manned flight to the ISS. It was launched by a Soyuz FG and returned to earth after performing operations at the ISS.
|Position||Launching crew||Landing crew|
|Commander|| Sergei Krikalev, RKA|
Sixth and last spaceflight
|Flight Engineer|| John Phillips, NASA|
|Flight Engineer/Spaceflight Participant|| Roberto Vittori, ESA
| Gregory Olsen, SA|
Docking with ISS
- Docked to ISS: April 17, 2005, 02:20 UTC (to Pirs module)
- Undocked from ISS: July 19, 2005, 10:38 UTC (from Pirs module)
- Docked to ISS: July 19, 2005, 11:08 UTC (to nadir port of Zarya)
- Undocked from ISS: October 10, 2005, 21:49 UTC (from nadir port of Zarya)
Soyuz TMA-6 is a Soyuz TMA spacecraft which was launched on April 15, 2005 by a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. During the return flight from the ISS, instruments in the descent module of the Soyuz spacecraft indicated a cabin-pressure-leak that is still under investigation.  The Expedition 11 crew, Sergei Krikalev-Cdr Russia, John Phillips-U.S.A. replaced the Expedition 10 crew, Leroy Chiao-Cdr U.S.A. and Salizhan Sharipov-Russia.
The astronaut Roberto Vittori brought a painting by the German-Russian artist George Pusenkoff titled Single Mona Lisa (1:1) to the space station, which shows an modified image of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and took video and photo shots of the work in the International Space Station. This art action, initiated by Pusenkoff, was mainly made possible by the efforts of the then Italian ambassador to Russia, Gianfranco Facco Bonetti. The combination of science and art, as da Vinci himself lived it, was used here to let his spirit work not only on earth, but also in space. The photos are documented in the book Mona Lisa Travels.
- "OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE about the Soyuz TMA-6 manned spacecraft launch to the ISS". NPO Energia. April 15, 2005. Retrieved December 17, 2008.
- Scheps, Marc (2007-06-21). "Mona Lisa Time Tower". In Galloway, David (ed.). Mona Lisa Travels. Bielefeld: Kerber. ISBN 978-3866780705.