Expedition 23 (Russian: МКС-23) was the 23rd long-duration mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 23 began with the Soyuz TMA-16 undocking on 18 March 2010. Shortly thereafter cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko and astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson arrived at the Space Station on Soyuz TMA-18 on 4 April 2010. The Soyuz spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 00:04 EST on 2 April 2010.
|Mission type||ISS Expedition|
|Mission duration||76 days, 16 hours, 1 minute|
|Space Station||International Space Station|
|Began||18 March 2010, 08:03 UTC|
|Ended||2 June 2010, 00:04 UTC|
|Arrived aboard||Soyuz TMA-17|
|Departed aboard||Soyuz TMA-17|
Tracy Caldwell Dyson
(l-r) Korniyenko, Caldwell Dyson, Skvortsov, Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi
(March 2010 to April 2010)
(April 2010 to June 2010)
|Commander||Oleg Kotov, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 1||Soichi Noguchi, JAXA|
|Flight Engineer 2||Timothy Creamer, NASA|
|Flight Engineer 3||Aleksandr Skvortsov, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 4||Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA|
|Flight Engineer 5||Tracy Caldwell Dyson, NASA|
Three Russian cosmonauts, two American and one Japanese astronauts made up the Expedition 23 crew. It was the first ISS crew to include three Russians at once. The Expedition 23 crew continued outfitting the newest modules of the nearly completed space station. The crew welcomed the shuttle flight STS-131 in April 2010. The Expedition 23 crew also saw the arrival of the Rasvet Russian docking module (MRM1) aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-132, which launched on 14 May 2010.
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