Soyuz TM-21 Soyuz TM-21 was a Soyuz spacecraft which launched on 14 March 1995 06:11 UTC. It transported two members of the Expedition 19 crew and one American astronaut to Mir. The Expedition 18 crew consisted of Vladimir Dezhurov and Gennady Strekalov. The American astronaut was Norman Thagard. It marked the fist time an american launched on board a Russian vehicle.