Monday, November 19, 2012

Soyuz Undocks; Station Crew Heading Home

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft carrying Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide undocked from the Rassvet module of the International Space Station at 5:26 p.m. EST Sunday. 

Earlier the trio bid farewell to their fellow crewmates, Flight Engineers Kevin Ford, Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy, and closed the hatches between the spacecraft at 2:15 p.m. 

A deorbit burn at 7:58 p.m. will put the Soyuz on track for a pre-dawn landing in the steppe of Kazakhstan northeast of the remote town of Arkalyk at 8:53 p.m. (7:53 a.m. Monday, Kazakhstan time). The return of Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko will wrap up 127 days in space for the three since their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 15, including 125 days spent aboard the station. 

Deorbit and landing coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. and will continue until the crew is safely in the medical tent at the landing site in southern Kazakhstan. On Monday at 10 a.m. NASA TV will air its post-landing video file including interviews with the crew.

Source: NASA

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