Soyuz MS-06

Soyuz MS-06 is a Soyuz spaceflight which launched on 13 September 2017.[1] It transported three members of the Expedition 53 crew to the International Space Station. MS-06 was the 135th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consists of a Russian commander, and two American flight engineers.[3] It returned to Earth on 28 February 2018 after 168 days in orbit.[2]

Soyuz MS-06
Soyuz MS-06 night launch to the ISS
COSPAR ID2017-054A
SATCAT no.42937
Mission duration168d 5h 13m 58s
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-MS 11F747
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Crew size3
MembersAlexander Misurkin
Mark Vande Hei
Joseph Acaba
Start of mission
Launch date12 September 2017 21:17:02 UTC [1]
Launch siteBaikonur Pad 1/5
End of mission
Landing date28 February 2018 02:31 UTC [2]
Landing siteKazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking portPoisk zenith
Docking date13 September 2017 02:55 UTC
Undocking date27 February 2018 23:08 UTC
Time docked167d 20h 13m

(l-r) Acaba, Misurkin and Vande Hei
Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)


Position Crew member
Commander Alexander Misurkin, RSA
Expedition 53
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Mark Vande Hei, NASA
Expedition 53
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Joseph Acaba, NASA
Expedition 53
Third spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[4] Crew member
Commander Aleksandr Skvortsov, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Scott Tingle, NASA
Flight Engineer 2 Shannon Walker, NASA
External video
Soyuz MS-06 and ISS over Moscow on 13 September 2017..

Due to a decision to cut down the number of participating Russian astronauts in 2017, changes were made in crew assignments to the ISS.[5] Originally set to be on Soyuz MS-04, Alexander Misurkin and Mark Vande Hei have been assigned to Soyuz MS-06 instead.[3]


  1. Pietrobon, Steven (5 February 2017). "Russian Launch Manifest". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. Bergin, Chris (27 February 2018). "Soyuz MS-06 returns three ISS crew members to Earth". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. "NASA Updates 2017 International Space Station Crew Assignments". NASA. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. "Manned Spaceflight Launch and Landing Schedule". spacefacts. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. Irene Klotz (16 November 2016). "NASA, Russia Set Flights for Trimmed-Down Space Station Crew". Retrieved 21 November 2016.
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