Monday, April 10th, will mark the return to Earth of three members of the ISS Expedition 50. They will be brought back to Earth by a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
The Return Of The Three Members Of Expedition 50 Will Be Livestreamed
According to a NASA statement, the aerospace agency will be live streaming the astronauts’ journey back to Earth. The three mission members to return will be the expedition’s commander, NASA’s Shane Kimbrough, and Roscosmos’s Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov. They reportedly entered the Soyuz MS-02 and then closed the hatch at around 12:45 a.m. EDT on April 10th.
This capsule is scheduled to undock from the ISS at about 3:57 a.m. EDT. The journey back to Earth should take around 3 hours and 20 minutes. According to reports, the spacecraft should land in the Kazakhstan steppes at around 7:20 a.m. EDT or 5:20 p.m., local time.
NASA stated that it would be transmitting live via its NASA TV three of the main moments of the return journey. More exactly, it will be streaming the moment in which the Soyuz capsule will undock from the ISS. Then, it will show it as it nears Earth and begins its deorbit burn. Finally, NASA TV will broadcast the capsule’s landing. The live coverage should start at around 3:30 as the capsule undocks from the International Space Station.
Expedition 50 lasted for 173 days and began last October. Peggy Whitson, a fourth expedition member, announced last week that she would be spending a further three months aboard the ISS. She will also be leading Expedition 51, as she already took over the station’s command on Sunday.
She will be joined, as part of the new mission, by Roscosmos’s Oleg Novitskiy and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet. Also, these will be joined, later this month, by Fyodor Yurchikin from Roscosmos and Jack Fisher from NASA, who will be rounding up the crew size.
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