MIR: Expedition 26
|Given names:||Gennadi Ivanovich||Sergei Vasiliyevich|
|Spacecraft (Launch):||Soyuz TM-28||Soyuz TM-28|
|Launchtime:||09:43 UTC||09:43 UTC|
|Spacecraft (Landing):||Soyuz TM-28||Soyuz TM-29|
|Landingtime:||02:14 UTC||00:41 UTC|
|Mission duration:||198d 16h 31m||379d 14h 52m|
|Given names:||Sergei Viktorovich||Aleksandr Yuriyevich|
Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing of Gennadi Padalka and Ivan Bella (launched with Soyuz TM-29) 59 km of Arkalyk.
Following a two day solo flight Soyuz TM-28 docked with the MIR space station on August 15, 1998. Gennadi Padalka and Sergei Avdeyev became the 26th resident crew of MIR. Yuri Baturin, the first Russian politician in space, performed an inspection mission.
Gennadi Padalka and Sergei Avdeyev performed an EVA on September 15, 1998 (30m) into the module Spektr. They reconnected some cables for the solar panel steering mechanism.
The second EVA occured on November 11, 1998 (5h, 54m). The cosmonauts installed a meteoroid detector in for the upcoming Leonid shower, and hand-launched the Spoutnik-41 amateur-radio mini satellite.
Progress M-40 delivered fuel, dry cargo, and the Znamya-2.5 solar illumination experiment. The 25 m diameter Znamya reflector, which would unfold from the nose of the Progress, was to reflect sunlight over a 6 km area onto selected cities.
Last update on January 17, 2013.