Soyuz MS-13

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Soyuz MS-13
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2019-041A
SATCAT no. 44437
Mission duration 184d 2h 30m (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-MS 11F747
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Aleksandr Skvortsov
Luca Parmitano
Launching Andrew R. Morgan
Landing Christina Koch
Callsign Cliff
Start of mission
Launch date 20 July 2019 16:28:21 UTC[1]
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur Pad 1/5
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51,6°[2]
Docking with ISS
Docking port Zvezda aft
Docking date 20 July 2019, 22:47:50 UTC[2]
Undocking date 26 August 2019, 03:35 UTC[3]
Time docked 36d 4h 48m
Docking with ISS
Docking port Poisk zenith
Docking date 26 August 2019, 03:59 UTC[3]
Time docked 147d 14h 59m (in progress)
Soyuz-MS-13-Mission-Patch.png Soyuz MS-11 backup crew in front of the Soyuz spacecraft mockup.jpg
(l-r) Morgan, Skvortsov and Parmitano
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz MS-13, also designated ISS flight 59S, is a Soyuz spaceflight launched on 20 July 2019 – the day of the first moon landing[1] carrying three members of the Expedition 60 crew to the International Space Station: a Russian commander, an American and a European flight engineer. MS-13 was the 142nd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. It was at one point the last Soyuz flight contracted by NASA in the expectation that subsequent astronaut transport would be provided by the Commercial Crew Program,[4] but in early 2019 NASA sought to purchase two additional Soyuz seats to provide greater certainty given delays in that program.[5]


Position Launching Crew member Landing Crew member
Commander Russia Aleksandr Skvortsov, RSA
Expedition 60
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Italy Luca Parmitano, ESA
Expedition 60
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Andrew R. Morgan, NASA
Expedition 60
First spaceflight
United States Christina Koch, NASA
Expedition 61
First spaceflight


Backup crew

Position Crew member[2]
Commander Russia Sergey Ryzhikov, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 United States Thomas Marshburn, NASA
Flight Engineer 2 Japan Soichi Noguchi, JAXA


The Soyuz crew relocated the MS-13 spacecraft from the aft port of the Zvezda module and performed a manual docking on the Poisk module on 26 August 2019.[3] This cleared the way for Soyuz MS-14 to perform an automatic docking on Zvezda, after a faulty signal amplifier on Poisk caused MS-14's first docking attempt to abort on August 24.[7] The last time a Soyuz spacecraft was relocated was in August 2015 during the Soyuz TMA-16M mission.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Запуск "Союза" к МКС перенесли по просьбе НАСА" [Soyuz launch to ISS was postponed upon NASA's request] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Spaceflight mission report Soyuz MS-13".
  3. ^ a b c Crew Relocates Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to Different Port
  4. ^ Harwood, William (31 August 2018). "Station crew faces busy schedule as commercial crew schedule ramps up". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ Pelo, Para Que Sirve Ponerse Aceite De Oliva En El (8 March 2019). "On International Women's Day, NASA Looks Forward to First All-Female EVA in Late March; Koch Tapped for Longer ISS Stay". AmericaSpace.
  7. ^ Clark, Stephen (24 August 2019). "Station crew to clear new port for second Soyuz docking attempt – Spaceflight Now".
  8. ^ Tariq, Malik (26 August 2019). "Space Station Crew Takes Soyuz Capsule for 'Sunday Drive' to Swap Parking Spots".
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