Following 185 times aboard the Worldwide Area Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and her two Russian counterparts will return to Earth on Saturday, April 17.
NASA will livestream the celebration, which includes the trio’s undocking from the space station aboard the Soyuz spacecraft on Friday, April 16, and the landing in Kazakhstan the next working day. Much more information underneath.
Rubins arrived at the ISS with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov as section of Expedition 64 on October 14, 2020.
Through her six-thirty day period stint aboard the ISS, Rubins participated in two spacewalks, voted in the U.S. presidential election, and worked on a range of experiments.
The three astronauts also skilled 2,960 orbits of Earth and traveled a overall of 78.4 million miles.
This is Rubins’ next spaceflight, with 300 cumulative times in area. Ryzhikov is finishing his next spaceflight, with 358 cumulative times, though Kud-Sverchkov was on his to start with spaceflight.
How to look at
Coverage of the astronauts’ departure from the ISS and landing on Earth will air are living on NASA Television and on the NASA app. You can also check out it by hitting the participate in button on the embedded participant at the leading of this web page.
A livestream of the farewells aboard the ISS will start at 5:45 p.m ET on Friday, April 16.
Rubins, Ryzhikov, and Kud-Sverchkov will then climb aboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft and close the hatch at 6:10 p.m. ET in preparing for their journey back again to Earth. The astronauts will undock from the space station at 9:34 p.m. ET.
Protection of Soyuz’s deorbit burn up will start at 11:30 p.m ET Friday night, with the parachute-assisted landing scheduled to comply with at 12:56 a.m. ET (10:56 a.m. Kazakhstan time) on Saturday, April 17, on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan about 300 miles from the country’s funds metropolis, Nur-Sultan.
After landing, the Soyuz MS-17 crew will go their different means, with Rubins returning to her household in Houston and the cosmonauts traveling back again to their coaching foundation in Star Metropolis, Russia.
The Soyuz undocking will mark the formal beginning of Expedition 65 aboard the station, with new station commander Shannon Walker, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and Mark Vande Hei, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.