Soyuz TM-28

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Soyuz TM-28
Operator Rosaviakosmos
COSPAR ID 1998-047A
Mission duration 198 days, 16 hours, 31 minutes, 19 seconds
Orbits completed 3,144
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TM
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3 up
2 down
Members Gennady Padalka
Launching Sergei Avdeyev
Yuri Baturin
Landing Ivan Bella
Callsign Альтаи́р (Altair)
Start of mission
Launch date August 13, 1998, 09:43:11 (1998-08-13UTC09:43:11Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
End of mission
Landing date February 28, 1999, 02:14:30 (1999-02-28UTC02:14:31Z) UTC
Landing site Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
100 kilometres (62 mi) south of Kijma
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 190 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee 273.7 kilometres (170.1 mi)
Inclination 51.64 degrees
Period 88.5 minutes
Docking with Mir
File:Soyuz TM-28 patch.png
Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TM-27 Soyuz TM-29

TM-28 was a Soyuz mission to the Mir space station.


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Russia Gennady Padalka
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer Russia Sergei Avdeyev
Third and last spaceflight
Research Cosmonaut Russia Yuri Baturin
First spaceflight
Slovakia Ivan Bella
Only spaceflight

Mission Accomplishments

  • Docked with Mir.
  • Baturin became the first Russian politician in space.
  • Padalka and Avdeyev performed an EVA on 15.09.1998 (30 m) into the module Spektr (new cables connected for solar structures).


  • Padalka and Avdeyev became 26th resident crew of Mir.
  • Baturin landed on August 25, 1998 (5:22 UT) with Soyuz TM-27.
  • Avdeyev landed on August 28, 1999 (0:41 UT) with Soyuz TM-29.