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Soyuz TM-14 was the 14th expedition to the Mir space station.[1] It included an astronaut from Germany, and was the first Russian Soyuz mission after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Soyuz TM-14
OperatorRosaviakosmos
COSPAR ID1992-014A
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Mission duration145 days, 14 hours, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
Orbits completed~2,280
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-TM
ManufacturerNPO Energia
Launch mass7,150 kilograms (15,760 lb)
Crew
Crew size3
MembersAleksandr Viktorenko
Aleksandr Kaleri
LaunchingKlaus-Dietrich Flade
LandingMichel Tognini
CallsignВи́тязь (Vityaz' – Knight)
Start of mission
Launch dateMarch 17, 1992, 10:54:30 (1992-03-17UTC10:54:30Z) UTC
RocketSoyuz-U2
End of mission
Landing dateAugust 10, 1992, 01:05:02 (1992-08-10UTC01:05:03Z) UTC
Landing site136 kilometres (85 mi) SE of Dzhezkazgan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude373 kilometres (232 mi)
Apogee altitude394 kilometres (245 mi)
Inclination51.6 degrees
Period92.2 minutes
Docking with Mir
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Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
 

CrewEdit

Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander   Aleksandr Viktorenko
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer   Aleksandr Kaleri
First spaceflight
Research Cosmonaut   Klaus-Dietrich Flade
First spaceflight
  Michel Tognini
First spaceflight

Mission highlightsEdit

Klaus Dietrich Flade became the second German to visit a space station when he reached Mir with the Vityaz crew. The first was Sigmund Jähn of East Germany, who visited Salyut 6 in 1978. Flade conducted 14 German experiments as part of Germany's preparation for participation in the Freedom and Columbus space station projects.

Suffered a landing system malfunction, causing its descent module to turn over. It came to rest upside down, trapping its occupants inside until it could be righted.

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