Alexander Misurkin

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 (1977-09-23) September 23, 1977
Yershichi, Smolensk Oblast, Russian SFSR
OccupationMajor, Russian Air Force
Space career
RKA Cosmonaut
Time in space
334 days 11 hours 29 minutes
Selection2006 TsPK-14 Cosmonaut Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
28 hours and 14 minutes
MissionsSoyuz TMA-08M (Expedition 35/36), Soyuz MS-06 (Expedition 53/54)
Mission insignia


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.[1]

Cosmonaut career

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.

Soyuz TMA-08M / Expedition 35/36

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.

Soyuz MS-06 / Expedition 53/54

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.[2]

#Spacecraft launchLaunch dateMissionSpacecraft landingLanding dateDurationSpacewalk timesSpacewalk duration
1Soyuz TMA-08M28 March 2013, 20:43 UTCISS-35 / ISS-36Soyuz TMA 08M11 September 2013, 02:58 UTC166 days 06 hours 15 minutes320 hours 01 minute
2Soyuz MS-0612 September 2017, 21:17 UTCISS-53 / ISS-54Soyuz MS-0628 February 2018, 02:31 UTC168 days 05 hours 14 minutes18 hours 13 minutes
334 days 11 hours 29 minutes428 hours 14 minutes


Official website  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. NASA (November 2012). "Biographical Data - Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Misurkin". Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. "Cosmonauts Break Russian Spacewalk Record During Space Station Antenna Repair". 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  3. "Statistics - Aleksandr Misurkin". Retrieved 2017-12-24.
Preceded by
Randolph Bresnik
ISS Expedition Commander
December 14, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Succeeded by
Anton Shkaplerov
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