Human Spaceflights

International Flight No. 225

Soyuz TM-33

Soyuz TM-32



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Launch, orbit and landing data

Launch date:  21.10.2001
Launch time:  08:59:34.999 UTC
Launch site:  Baikonur
Launch pad:  1
Altitude:  385 - 391 km
Inclination:  51.64°
Docking ISS:  23.10.2001, 10:44:15 UTC
Undocking ISS (Crew):  31.10.2001, 01:38:30 UTC
Landing date (Crew):  31.10.2001
Landing time (Crew):  04:59:25 UTC
Landing site (Crew):  46° 44' 58'' N, 69° 42' 58'' E
Undocking ISS (Soyuz TM-33):  05.05.2002, 00:31:08 UTC
Landing date (Soyuz TM-33):  05.05.2002
Landing time (Soyuz TM-33):  03:51:40 UTC
Landing site (Soyuz TM-33):  50° 02' N, 66° 59' E

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No.   Surname Given names Position Flight No. Duration Orbits
1  Afanasiyev  Viktor Mikhailovich  Commander 4 9d 19h 59m 50s  155 
2  Haigneré  Claudie  Flight Engineer 2 9d 19h 59m 50s  155 
3  Kozeyev  Konstantin Mirovich  Flight Engineer 1 9d 19h 59m 50s  155 

Crew seating arrangement

1  Afanasiyev
2  Haigneré
3  Kozeyev
1  Gidzenko
2  Vittori
3  Shuttleworth

Backup Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position
1  Zalyotin  Sergei Viktorovich  Commander
2  Kuzhelnaya  Nadezhda Vasiliyevna  Flight Engineer

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Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing 26 km southeast of Arkalyk / Kazakhstan.

Soyuz TM-33 marked the second taxi crew to the ISS. Following a two day solo flight Soyuz TM-33 docked to the International Space Station on October 23, 2001. The crew performed common work with ISS Expedition 3.

The French "Andromède" mission had two main purposes: to exchange the Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TM-32 (Soyuz TM-33 now served as a new lifeboat) and to carry out a scientific and technical research program organized by the French space agency CNES.

The Soyuz spacecraft is composed of three elements attached end-to-end - the Orbital Module, the Descent Module and the Instrumentation/Propulsion Module. The crew occupied the central element, the Descent Module. The other two modules are jettisoned prior to re-entry. They burn up in the atmosphere, so only the Descent Module returned to Earth.
Having shed two-thirds of its mass, the Soyuz reached Entry Interface - a point 400,000 feet (121.9 kilometers) above the Earth, where friction due to the thickening atmosphere began to heat its outer surfaces. With only 23 minutes left before it lands on the grassy plains of central Asia, attention in the module turned to slowing its rate of descent.
Eight minutes later, the spacecraft was streaking through the sky at a rate of 755 feet (230 meters) per second. Before it touched down, its speed slowed to only 5 feet (1.5 meter) per second, and it lands at an even lower speed than that. Several onboard features ensure that the vehicle and crew land safely and in relative comfort.
Four parachutes, deployed 15 minutes before landing, dramatically slowed the vehicle's rate of descent. Two pilot parachutes were the first to be released, and a drogue chute attached to the second one followed immediately after. The drogue, measuring 24 square meters (258 square feet) in area, slowed the rate of descent from 755 feet (230 meters) per second to 262 feet (80 meters) per second.
The main parachute was the last to emerge. It is the largest chute, with a surface area of 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters). Its harnesses shifted the vehicle's attitude to a 30-degree angle relative to the ground, dissipating heat, and then shifted it again to a straight vertical descent prior to landing.
The main chute slowed the Soyuz to a descent rate of only 24 feet (7.3 meters) per second, which is still too fast for a comfortable landing. One second before touchdown, two sets of three small engines on the bottom of the vehicle fired, slowing the vehicle to soften the landing.


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