ARLA/CLUSTER: NASA Television to broadcast Friday return of space station crew

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Quinta-Feira, 10 de Setembro de 2015 - 13:20:46 WEST

Three crew members aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to
leave the orbiting laboratory and return to Earth Friday, Sept. 11. NASA
Television will provide complete coverage of their departure and landing.

Expedition 44 commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency
(Roscosmos) and visiting crew members Andres Mogensen of ESA (European
Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency will undock
their Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the space station at 5:29 p.m. EDT and
land in Kazakhstan at 8:51 p.m. (6:51 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12,
Kazakhstan time).

Three International Space Station crew members are set to return aboard the
Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft, which has been docked to the station since
March. *Credits:

Activities and NASA TV coverage times, all Eastern, are as follows:

   - 1:45 p.m. -- Farewell and hatch closure coverage (hatch closure
   scheduled for 2 p.m.)
   - 5 p.m. -- Undocking coverage (undocking scheduled for 5:29 p.m.)
   - 7:30 p.m. -- Deorbit burn and landing coverage (deorbit burn scheduled
   for 7:59 p.m., with landing at 8:51 p.m.)
   - 10 p.m. -- Video file of hatch closure, undocking and landing

The three crew members’ return will wrap up 168 days in space for Padalka
since launching from Kazakhstan in March. Mogensen and Aimbetov spent 10
days in space, arriving at the station Sept. 4 with Sergey Volkov of
Roscosmos. The trio delivered a new Soyuz spacecraft that will return NASA
astronaut Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos at the end of
their one-year mission <> next
March, along with Volkov.

With landing, Padalka will have logged a record 879 days in space on five
flights, more than two months longer than cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, the
previous record holder.

At the time of undocking, Expedition 45 will formally begin aboard the
station under Kelly’s command, along with crew mates Kornienko, NASA’s
Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonauts Volkov and Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui
of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Expedition 45 will continue
research and operational support of the station as it passes through the
15th anniversary of a permanent human presence on the laboratory that will
be marked on Nov. 2.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:
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