Expedition 33

Expedition 33 was the 33rd long-duration expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). It began on 16 September 2012 with the departure from the ISS of the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft, which returned the Expedition 32 crew to Earth.[1]

ISS Expedition 33
Mission typeISS Expedition
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began16 September 2012, 23:09 (2012-09-16UTC23:09Z) UTC[1]
Ended18 November 2012 (2012-11-19)[1]
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-05M
Soyuz TMA-06M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-05M
Soyuz TMA-06M
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 32/33:
Sunita Williams
Yuri Malenchenko
Akihiko Hoshide

Expedition 33/34:
Kevin A. Ford
Oleg Novitskiy
Evgeny Tarelkin

(l-r) Williams, Malenchenko, Hoshide, Tarelkin, Novitskiy and Ford


Position First Part
(September-October 2012)
Second Part
(October-November 2012)
Commander Sunita Williams, NASA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Yuri Malenchenko, RSA
Fifth spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Akihiko Hoshide, JAXA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3 Kevin A. Ford, NASA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4 Oleg Novitskiy, RSA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5 Evgeny Tarelkin, RSA
Only spaceflight

Notable experiments

The crew successfully experimented with the Delay-tolerant networking protocol and managed to control a Lego robot on earth from space.[5]


  1. "Expedition 33". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  2. NASA HQ (2010). "NASA And Partners Assign Crews For Upcoming Space Station Missions". NASA. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  3. "Astronaut Bio: Sunita Williams". NASA. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  4. "Selection of Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide as a Member of the ISS Expedition Crew". JAXA. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  5. http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/nov/HQ_12-391_DTN.html

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