|Mission duration||160 days, 7 hours, 25 minutes, 56 seconds|
|Launch mass||7,100 kilograms (15,700 lb)|
|Members||Aleksandr Pavlovich Aleksandrov|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||22 July 1987, 01:59:17UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. UTC|
|Landing site||140 kilometres (87 mi) NE of Arkalyk|
|Perigee||297 kilometres (185 mi)|
|Apogee||353 kilometres (219 mi)|
|Docking with Mir|
Soyuz TM-3 was the fourth manned spacecraft to visit the Soviet space station Mir. It was launched in July 1987, during the long duration expedition Mir EO-2, and acted as a lifeboat for the second segment of that expedition. There were three people aboard the spacecraft at launch, including the two man crew of the week-long mission Mir EP-1, consisting of Soviet cosmonaut Alexander Viktorenko and Syrian Muhammed Faris. Faris was the first Syrian to travel to space, and as of November 2010, the only one. The third cosmonaut launched was Aleksandr Aleksandrov, who would replace one of the long duration crew members Aleksandr Laveykin of Mir EO-2. Laveykin had been diagnosed by ground-based doctors to have minor heart problems, so he returned to Earth with the EP-1 crew in Soyuz TM-2.
Soyuz TM-3 landed near the end of December 1987, landing both members of the EO-2 crew, as well as potential Buran (spacecraft) shuttle pilot Anatoli Levchenko, who had been launched to Mir a week earlier aboard Soyuz TM-4.
|Position||Launching crew||Landing crew|
Aleksandr Pavlovich Aleksandrov
- Mass: 7100 kg
- Perigee: 297 km
- Apogee: 353 km
- Inclination: 51.6°
- Period: 91.0 minutes
- "Soyuz TM-3".
- D.S.F.Portree (1995). "Mir Hardware Heritage" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 11 November 2010.