Expedition 34

Expedition 34 was the 34th long-duration expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). It began on 18 November 2012 with the departure from the ISS of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft, which returned the Expedition 33 crew to Earth.

ISS Expedition 34
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Promotional Poster
Mission typeISS Expedition
COSPAR ID Edit this at Wikidata
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began18 November 2012 (2012-11-18)
Ended15 March 2013 (2013-03-16)
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-06M
Soyuz TMA-07M
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-06M
Soyuz TMA-07M
Crew size6
MembersExpedition 33/34:
Kevin A. Ford
Oleg Novitskiy
Evgeny Tarelkin

Expedition 34/35:
Thomas H. Marshburn
Chris A. Hadfield
Roman Romanenko
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Expedition 34 mission patch
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(l-r) Novitskiy, Ford, Tarelkin, Romanenko, Hadfield and Marshburn 


Position First Part
(November 2012)
Second Part
(December 2012 to March 2013)
Commander   Kevin A. Ford, NASA
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1   Oleg Novitskiy, RSA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2   Evgeny Tarelkin, RSA
Only spaceflight
Flight Engineer 3   Thomas Marshburn, NASA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 4   Chris Hadfield, CSA
Third and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 5   Roman Romanenko, RSA
Second and last spaceflight

Mission ObjectivesEdit

Some of the science objectives included investigations of the human cardiovascular system in space, studies on fish and their sensation of gravity, and the impacts of solar radiation on Earth's climate. During the expedition, the robotic platform Robonaut, a humanoid robot test platform, continued testing.[3]


  1. ^ NASA HQ (2010). "NASA And Partners Assign Crews For Upcoming Space Station Missions". NASA. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  2. ^ NASA. "NASA and Its Partners Announce a New Space Station Crew". Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  3. ^ Alan Taylor (2013). "The International Space Station: Expedition 34". The Atlantic. Retrieved 29 March 2014.

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