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Soyuz TM-32 was a manned Russian spacecraft which was launched on April 28, 2001, and docked with the International Space Station two days later. It launched the crew of the visiting mission ISS EP-1, which included the first paying space tourist Dennis Tito, as well as two Russian cosmonauts. The Soyuz TM-32 remained docked to the station until October; during this time it served as the lifeboat for the crew of Expedition 2 and later for the crew of Expedition 3. In October it landed the crew of ISS EP-2, who had been launched by Soyuz TM-33.

Soyuz TM-32
COSPAR ID2001-017A
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Mission duration185 days, 21 hours, 22 minutes, 40 seconds
Orbits completed~3,025
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-TM
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Crew size3
LaunchingTalgat Musabayev
Yuri Baturin
Dennis Tito
LandingViktor M. Afanasyev
Claudie Haigneré
Konstantin Kozeyev
CallsignКриста́лл (Kristall)
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 28, 2001, 07:37:20 (2001-04-28UTC07:37:20Z) UTC
End of mission
Landing dateOctober 31, 2001, 05:00:00 (2001-10-31UTC06Z) UTC
Landing siteNear Arkalyk
46°44′58″N 69°42′58″E / 46.74944°N 69.71611°E / 46.74944; 69.71611
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude193 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee altitude247 kilometres (153 mi)
Inclination51.6 degrees
Period88.6 minutes
Docking with ISS
Soyuz TM-32 patch.png ISS-02 Soyuz TM-32 Taxi crewmembers.jpg
Soyuz TM-32 Taxi crewmembers in the Zvezda Service Module
Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander   Talgat Musabayev, RKA
Third and last spaceflight
  Viktor M. Afanasyev, RKA
Fourth and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer   Yuri Baturin, RKA
Second and last spaceflight
  Claudie Haigneré, ESA
Second and last spaceflight
Spaceflight Participant/Flight Engineer   Dennis Tito, SA
Only spaceflight
  Konstantin Kozeyev, RKA
Only spaceflight

Docking with ISSEdit

  • Docked to ISS: April 30, 2001, 07:58 UTC (to nadir port of Zarya)
  • Undocked from ISS: October 19, 2001, 10:48 UTC (from nadir port of Zarya)
  • Docked to ISS: October 19, 2001, 11:04 UTC (to Pirs module)
  • Undocked from ISS: October 31, 2001, 01:38 UTC (from Pirs module)

Mission highlightsEdit

Soyuz TM-32 departing the ISS

TM-32 carried a three-man crew (two Russians and one American, the latter not a professional astronaut) to the International Space Station, ISS. It docked automatically with the ISS at 07:57 UT on April 30, 2001, just a few hours after the space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-100 undocked. The launched crew stayed for a week and returned in Soyuz TM-31, which had been docked to (or nearby) the station since November 2000 functioning as "lifeboat" for the onboard crew (Expedition 1 and 2).

As the new lifeboat for Expedition 2 and later Expedition 3, TM-32 stayed docked at the station for six months (except for a brief move between docking ports) and finally, on October 31, brought home two cosmonauts and an ESA astronaut who had arrived a week earlier in Soyuz TM-33.

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