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Alexander Alexanderovich Misurkin
Aleksandr Misurkin in 2017.jpg
Aleksandr Misurkin pictured in 2017
Born (1977-09-23) 23 September 1977 (age 45)
Yershichi, Smolensk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Status Retired
Nationality Russian
Occupation Major, Russian Air Force
Space career
Roscosmos cosmonaut
Time in space
346 days 07 hours 04 minutes
Selection 2006 TsPK-14 Cosmonaut Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
28 hours and 14 minutes
Missions Soyuz TMA-08M (Expedition 35/36), Soyuz MS-06 (Expedition 53/54), Soyuz MS-20
Mission insignia
ISS Expedition 35 Patch.svg ISS Expedition 36 Patch.png ISS Expedition 53 Patch.png ISS Expedition 54 Patch.svg

Alexander Alexanderovich Misurkin (Russian: Aлександр Aлександрович Мисуркин) (born 23 September 1977), a major in the Russian Air Force, is a Russian cosmonaut, selected in 2006. He flew aboard Soyuz TMA-08M on 28 March 2013 as his first space mission, and launched on Soyuz MS-06 as his second flight, in 2017. He was Commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 54.


Misurkin is married to Olga Anatolievna Misurkina. The couple has two children. His parents, Lyudmila Georgievna and Alexander Mikhailovich Misurkin, reside in Oryol, Russia.


In 1994, Misurkin graduated from vocational school #1 in Oryol. He then entered the Kacha High Air Force Pilot School, where he studied to September 1998. He continued pilot training at the Armavir Military Aviation Institute, and graduated in October 1999 with a gold medal as a pilot-engineer.

Cosmonaut career

In October 2006, Misurkin was approved as a cosmonaut candidate and enlisted in the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) cosmonaut corps. He took the basic training at GCTC from February 2007 to June 2009, which he completed on 2 June 2009. Misurkin was qualified as a test-cosmonaut 9 June 2009.

From August 2009 to February 2011 he took advanced training specializing in the International Space Station (ISS) program. From January 2011 he trained as the Expedition 33/34 and Soyuz TMA-M backup crew flight engineer.

In 2014, he participated in the ESA CAVES mission of the European Space Agency alongside Scott Tingle, Luca Parmitano, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Matthias Maurer.

Soyuz TMA-08M / Expedition 35/36

Misurkin flew on Soyuz TMA-08M which launched at 20:43:20 on 28 March 2013. This was the first manned flight to use the fast rendezvous approach to the International Space Station, reaching the space station in less than 6 hours. Previous flights had required two days to dock with the station. Misurkin joined the crew of ISS Expedition 35.

Soyuz MS-06 / Expedition 53/54

On 2 February 2018, Misurkin along with flight engineer Anton Shkaplerov participated in an 8-hour 13 minutes spacewalk outside of the ISS to replace an old electronics box for a high-gain communications antenna. At completion, the two cosmonauts set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk to date.

Soyuz MS-20

In December 2021, Misurkin commanded Soyuz MS-20 to the ISS. Unlike previous spaceflights which carried ISS Expedition members, this carried two space tourists, Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano, to space for 12 days. The three landed successfully on December 20.

# Spacecraft launch Launch date Mission Spacecraft landing Landing date Duration Spacewalks Spacewalk duration
1 Soyuz TMA-08M 28 March 2013, 20:43 UTC ISS-35 / ISS-36 Soyuz TMA 08M 11 September 2013, 02:58 UTC 166 days 06 hours 15 minutes 3 20 hours 01 minute
2 Soyuz MS-06 12 September 2017, 21:17 UTC ISS-53 / ISS-54 Soyuz MS-06 28 February 2018, 02:31 UTC 168 days 05 hours 14 minutes 1 8 hours 13 minutes
3 Soyuz MS-20 08 December 2021, 07:38 UTC - Soyuz MS-20 20 December 2021, 03:13 UTC 11 days 19 hours 35 minutes 0 -
346 days 07 hours 04 minutes 4 28 hours 14 minutes
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