A crew trio from the U.S. and Russia is set for a mid-afternoon landing in the steppe of Kazakhstan on Monday to close out a space flight of 173 days as part of ISS Expedition 49/50. Soyuz Commander Sergei Ryzhikov and Flight Engineers Andrei Borisenko and NASA’s Shane Kimbrough will climb aboard their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft at 4:40 UTC ahead of a 7:57 UTC undocking to leave their home in space behind.
Soyuz will fire up its braking rocket to drop out of orbit and begin the return trip to Kazakhstan, aiming for touchdown at 11:21 UTC to mark the crew’s homecoming after an eventful six-month mission.
|Launch: October 19, 2016||Mission Updates|
|Mission Duration: 173 Days & 3 Hours||Soyuz MS Spacecraft|
|Docking Port: Poisk||Soyuz FG Launch Vehicle|
|Return to Earth: April 10, 2017||Landing Profile|
|Hatch Closure: 4:40 UTC||Soyuz MS-02 Flight Profile|
|Undocking: 7:57 UTC||Photo Galleries|
|D/O Burn: 10:28 UTC (278sec, 128m/s)||Video Galleries|
|Landing: 11:21 UTC||ISS Expedition 50|
|Landing Site: 148km S-E of Dzhezkazgan|
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