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Expeditions to the International Space Station

Expeditions to the International Space Station

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Expedition 20

Mission insignia

Number of crew


Launch site

Baikonur Cosmondrome, Kazakhstan

Launch craft

Soyuz TMA-14, STS-127, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-128


29 May 2009

12:34 UTC[1]


11 October 2009


5 Months

Front Row: Frank De Winne, Gennady Padalka, Roman Romanenko

Back Row: Robert Thirsk, Michael Barratt, Nicole Stott, Timothy Kopra, Koichi Wakata

Previous expedition

Next expedition

Expedition 19

Expedition 21

Expedition 20 was the twentieth long-duration flight to the International Space Station. The expedition marked the

first time a six-member crew inhabited the station. Because each Soyuz-TMA spacecraft could hold only three

people, two separate launches were necessary: Soyuz TMA-14 launched on 26 March 2009, and Soyuz TMA-15

followed on 27 May 2009.[1]

Soyuz TMA-15 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 10:34 UTC on 27 May 2009.[1]

The vehicle docked with

the station on 29 May 2009, officially changing the Soyuz TMA-14 crew from Expedition 19 to Expedition 20.[2]

Gennady Padalka was the first commander of a six-member station crew, and the first commander of two

consecutive expeditions (Expedition 19 and 20). Nicole Stott was the final expedition astronaut to be launched on the


Expedition 20


During the expedition, Koichi Wakata performed a special experiment wherein he did not change his underpants for

one month, in order to test a specially-designed underwear without washing or changing; he reportedly did not

develop body odor due to the effects of the special garment.[3]

The station would not be permanently occupied by six crew members all year. For example, when the Expedition 20

crew (Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Bob Thirsk) returned to Earth in November 2009, for a period of

about two weeks only two crew members (Jeff Williams and Max Surayev) were aboard. This increased to five in

early December, when Oleg Kotov, Timothy Creamer and Soichi Noguchi arrived on Soyuz TMA-17. It decreased

to three when Williams and Surayev departed in March 2010, and finally returned to six in April 2010 with the

arrival of Soyuz TMA-18, carrying Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Korniyenko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson.[4]




First Part

(May to July 2009)

Second Part

(July to August 2009)

Third Part

(August to October 2009)


Gennady Padalka, RSA

Third spaceflight

Flight Engineer 1

Michael Barratt, NASA

First spaceflight

Flight Engineer 2

Koichi Wakata,


Third spaceflight

Timothy Kopra,


First spaceflight

Nicole Stott, NASA

First spaceflight

Flight Engineer 3

Frank De Winne, ESA

Second spaceflight

Flight Engineer 4

Roman Romanenko, RSA

First spaceflight

Flight Engineer 5

Robert Thirsk, CSA

Second spaceflight

Backup crew

•Jeff Williams, Commander

•Maksim Surayev

•Timothy Creamer

•Catherine Coleman

•Chris Hadfield

•Dimitri Kondratyev

•André Kuipers

Extra-vehicular activity

Expedition 20




Start (UTC)

End (UTC)





Gennady Padalka

Michael R. Barratt

5 June 2009


5 June 2009


4 hours, 54 minutes

Prepared the Zvezda service module transfer compartment for the arrival of the Poisk module, installed docking antenna for the

module, photographed antenna for evaluation on the ground, and photographed the Strela-2 crane.[7]





Gennady Padalka

Michael R. Barratt

10 June 2009


10 June 2009


12 minutes

Internal spacewalk in the depressurised Zvezda transfer compartment, to replace one of the Zvezda hatches with a docking cone, in

preparation for the docking of the Poisk module later in 2009. Poisk docked automatically to the zenith port of Zvezda on 12

November 2009, and serves as an additional docking port for Russian vehicles.[9]


denotes spacewalks performed from the Pirs docking compartment in Russian Orlan suits.

On 3 July 2009 expedition members undocked the Soyuz TMA-14 craft from the aft port of the Zvezda service

module and piloted it over to the Pirs docking compartment. This was done to clear the way for the arrival of a

Progress supply craft.[11]

The Expedition 20 crew lands in [[Arkalyk]], [[Kazakhstan]]


[1]NASA HQ (24 May 2009). "Expedition 20 Crew Launches from Baikonur" (http://www. nasa. gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/

expedition20/launch. html). NASA. . Retrieved 4 June 2009.

[2]NASA HQ (29 May 2009). "Expedition 20 Crew Docks with Space Station" (http://www. nasa. gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/

expedition20/docking.html). NASA. . Retrieved 4 June 2009.

[3]"Astronaut wore pants for a month" (http://news. bbc. co. uk/2/hi/science/nature/8177743. stm). BBC News. 31 July 2009. . Retrieved

May 2, 2010.

[4]"International Space Station Expeditions" (http://www. nasa. gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/index. html). NASA. 10 April 2009. .

Retrieved 13 April 2009.

[5]NASA (2008). "International Space Station" (http://www. nasa. gov/mission_pages/station/main/index. html). NASA. . Retrieved 22

October 2008.

[6]NASA HQ (2008). "NASA Assigns Space Station Crews, Updates Expedition Numbering" (http://www. nasa. gov/home/hqnews/2008/

nov/HQ_08-306_Expedition_crews. html). NASA. . Retrieved 21 November 2008.

[7]William Harwood for CBS News (5 June 2009). "Successful spacewalk ends" (http://www. spaceflightnow. com/station/exp20/

090605evaends. html). Spaceflightnow.com. . Retrieved 5 June 2009.

[8]NASA (March, 2009). "Expedition 20 Press Kit" (http://www. nasa. gov/pdf/320539main_Expedition_19_20_Press_Kit. pdf) (.pdf).

NASA. . Retrieved 4 June 2009.

[9]David Korth, Expedition 20 Spacewalk Flight Director (4 June 2009). "Expedition 20 Spacewalk Briefing Materials" (http://www. nasa.

gov/images/content/356098main_korth_exp20_crew_location. jpg). NASA. . Retrieved 10 June 2009.

Expedition 20


[10]"Russian "Internal" Spacewalk Complete" (http://www. nasa. gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition20/eva23. html). NASA.

10 June 2009. . Retrieved 6 July 2009.

[11]"Station Crew Completes Soyuz Move" (http://spacefellowship. com/2009/07/03/station-crew-completes-soyuz-move/).

spacefellowship.com. 3 July 2009. . Retrieved 6 July 2009.

External links

•NASA's Space Station Expeditions page (http://www. nasa. gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/index.


•Expedition 20 Photography (http://spaceflight. nasa. gov/gallery/images/station/crew-20/ndxpage1. html)

Expedition 21


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