Anton Shkaplerov

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.

Anton Nikolaevich Shkaplerov
Born (1972-02-20) February 20, 1972
OccupationColonel, Russian Air Force
Space career
Time in space
533 days 5 hours 31 minutes
Selection2003 Intercosmos Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
14 hours 28 minutes
MissionsSoyuz TMA-22 (Expedition 29/30), Soyuz TMA-15M (Expedition 42/43), Soyuz MS-07 (Expedition 54/55)
Mission insignia

Personal life

Shkaplerov is married to Tatyana Petrovna, and they have two daughters named Kristina and Kira. His parents, Nikolay Ivanovich Shkaplerov and Tamara Viktorovna Shkaplerova, live in Sevastopol. His hobbies include sports, travel, fishing, and golf.[1]


Shkaplerov completed Yak-52 flight training at the Sevastopol Aviation Club in 1989. After graduation from Sevastopol High School in 1989, he entered the Kachinsk Air Force Pilot School graduating in 1994 as pilot-engineer. In 1997, he graduated from the N. E. Zukovskiy Air Force Engineering.


After graduation Shkaplerov served as a senior pilot-instructor in the Russian Air Force. He has piloted Yak-52, L-29 and MiG-29 aircraft. He is a Class 2 Air Force pilot-instructor. He is also an Instructor of General Parachute Training, and has performed more than 300 parachute jumps.

Roscosmos career

In May 2003, Shkaplerov was selected as a test-cosmonaut candidate of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut Office. From June 2003 to June 2005, he attended basic space training and was qualified as a test cosmonaut in 2005.

From April–October 2007, Shkaplerov served as Director of Operations, Russian Space Agency, stationed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Anton was assigned as the back-up commander for Expedition 22.

Expedition 29/30

Shkaplerov served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 29/30 aboard the ISS. He was the Commander of Soyuz TMA-22 and launched with flight engineers Anatoli Ivanishin and Dan Burbank on November 16, 2011. After 2 days in orbit they docked with the ISS, to begin Expedition 29/30. On February 12, 2012, Shkaplerov and fellow cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko conducted a six-hour spacewalk outside the ISS. They installed shields on the Zvezda Service Module to protect it from micrometeoroid orbital debris and move the Strela 1 crane from the Pirs docking compartment to the Poisk Mini Research Module (MRM-2). The duration was 6 hours 15 minutes.[2] They spent 165 days in space before undocking and returning to Earth on April 27, 2012.

Expedition 42/43

On November 23, 2014, Shkaplerov commanded Soyuz TMA-15M alongside Flight engineers Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It successfully docked at the International Space Station roughly six hours later and the crew joined the Expedition 42 crew which consisted of Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineers Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Yelena Serova.[3] The crew spent 199 days in space before returning to Earth on June 11, 2015. Shkaplerov's total time in space was brought to 365 days.

Expedition 54/55

Shkaplerov was launched on into space on board Soyuz MS-07 on December 17, 2017 07:21 UTC, with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai of JAXA.[4] He was the flight engineer of Expedition 54 and commander of Expedition 55.

On February 2, 2018, Shkaplerov along with Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin 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.[5]

#Spacecraft launchLaunch dateMissionSpacecraft landingLanding dateDurationSpacewalk timesSpacewalk duration
1Soyuz TMA-2214 November 2011, 04:14 UTCISS-29 / ISS-30Soyuz TMA-2227 April 2012, 11:45 UTC165 days 07 hours 31 minutes106 hours 15 minutes
2Soyuz TMA-15M23 November 2014, 21:01 UTCISS-42 / ISS-43Soyuz TMA-15M11 June 2015, 13:44 UTC199 days 16 hours 43 minutes00
3Soyuz MS-0717 December 2017, 07:21 UTCISS-54 / ISS-55Soyuz MS-073 June 2018, 12:39 UTC168 days 5 hours 18 minutes 18 hours 13 minutes
533 days 5 hours 31 minutes 214 hours 28 minutes

See also

  • A Beautiful Planet - IMAX documentary film showing scenes of Earth which features Anton Shkaplerov and other ISS crew members.


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

  1. NASA (July 2011). "Cosmonaut Bio: Anton Shkaplerov". Archived from the original on December 6, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  2. "Soyuz TMA-03M". December 23, 2011. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  3. Associated Press. "Crew docks at International Space Station". USA Today. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. Chris Gebhardt (December 17, 2017). "Soyuz MS-07 launches on final human mission of 2017".
  5. "Cosmonauts Break Russian Spacewalk Record During Space Station Antenna Repair". February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  6. "Statistics - Anton Shkaplerov". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
Preceded by
Alexander Misurkin
ISS Expedition Commander
February 28, 2018 - June 1, 2018
Succeeded by
Andrew Feustel
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