Soyuz TM-23

Soyuz TM-23 was the 25th manned spacecraft to visit the Soviet Space Station Mir[1]

Soyuz TM-23
COSPAR ID1996-011A
SATCAT no.23798
Mission duration193 days, 19 hours, 7 minutes, 35 seconds
Orbits completed~3,155
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-TM
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7,150 kilograms (15,760 lb)
Crew size2 up
3 down
MembersYuri Onufrienko
Yury Usachov
LandingClaudie André-Deshays
CallsignСкиф (Skiph - Scythian)
Start of mission
Launch dateFebruary 21, 1996, 12:34:05 (1996-02-21UTC12:34:05Z) UTC
End of mission
Landing dateSeptember 2, 1996, 07:41:40 (1996-09-02UTC07:41:41Z) UTC
Landing site50.28°N 70.83°E / 50.28; 70.83
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude202 kilometres (126 mi)
Apogee altitude240 kilometres (150 mi)
Inclination51.6 degrees
Docking with Mir
Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander  Yuri Onufrienko
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer  Yury Usachov
Second spaceflight
Research Cosmonaut None  Claudie André-Deshays
First spaceflight


  1. The mission report is available here:

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