Serova, Yelena Olegovna
Status: Inactive; Active 2006-2016. Born: 1976-04-22. Spaceflights: 1 . Total time in space: 167.24 days. Birth Place: Vozdvizhenka, Saratov.
Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:Elena Olegovna Serova
Roskosmos Test Cosmonaut
PERSONAL DATA: Born April 22, 1976, in Vozdvizhenka, Ussurijsk Region of Primorsky Area, Russia.
EDUCATION: In March 2001 graduated from aerospace department of the Moscow Aviation Institute as a test engineer.
In 2003 graduated from the Moscow State Academy of instrument-making and information as an economist.
EXPERIENCE: Prior to selection to the Cosmonaut Corps Serova worked as a 2nd category engineer at the Energia Rocket Space Corporation and the MCC-Moscow.
COSMONAUT SELECTION DATE AND CLASS: On October 11, 2006, the Interdepartmental Board recommended that she be assigned to the Energia Rocket/Space Corporation Cosmonaut Corps as a cosmonaut candidate.
In February 2007 she started a two-year course of basic training for spaceflight.
In December 2006 by the order of the Ministry of Defense she was assigned to the GCTC Cosmonaut Corps as a test cosmonaut candidate.
On June 9, 2009, the Interdepartmental Board certified her as a test cosmonaut of the Energia Rocker and Space Corporation.
SCIENCE ACTIVITIES: Completed a postgraduate course at the Energia Rocket Space Corporation (extramural training).
CURRENT STATUS: Since 2011 Serova is a test cosmonaut of the Roscosmos Cosmonaut Corps.
The third planned rendezvous burn at 23:48 GMT was cancelled due to a software problem, leaving the spacecraft in a 297 x 333 km x 51.7 deg orbit. Rendezvous with the ISS was rescheduled to 27 March. It maneuvered to a 414 x 425 km orbit on 26 March. Docking with the ISS at the Poisk module was at 23:53 GMT on 27 March. On September 10 at 23:01 GMT Skvortsov, Artemev and Swanson undocked from the Poisk module in Soyuz TMA-12M. The deorbit burn at 01:30 GMT September 11 was followed by module separation at 01:58, atmosphere entry at 02:01, and landing in Kazakhstan at 02:23.
Expedition 42 crew transported to the ISS (Samokutyaev, Wilmore and Serova). The port solar array failed to deploy after Soyuz separated from the launch vehicle third stage, but this did not impact the rendezvous. Soyuz TMA-14M docked with the Poisk module of the ISS at 02:11 GMT on September 26. Serova was the fourth Russian woman in space but the first since 1997. On March 11 2015 at 22:44 GMT Soyuz TMA-14M undocked from the Poisk module with the same crew aboard. It performed its deorbit burn at 01:16 GMT March 12 and landed in Kazakhstan at around 02:08 GMT.