NASA astronaut & Russian cosmonauts to return to Earth
Just days after the International Space Station’s crew reached 10 people, three are ready to return to Earth, reported CNN.
Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will be ending their 185-day mission on the space station on Friday.
Their return to Earth will air live on NASA’s TV channel and website. The hatch on the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft will close at 6:10 p.m. ET after the crew has said goodbye to the others on the station.
They’re expected to undock from the station’s Poisk port at 9:34 p.m. ET and they will land at 12:56 a.m. Saturday on the Kazakhstan steppe, reported CNN.
The cosmonauts will return to their training base in Star City, Russia and Rubins will fly home to Houston, reported CNN.
Together, the crew’s time on the station encompassed 2,960 orbits of Earth and 78.4 million miles after their arrival in October.
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