Two crew members from France and Russia are gearing up for a pre-sunset landing in the steppe of Kazakhstan aboard their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft to close out a 197-day mission as part of ISS Expedition 50/51. Veteran Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and ESA's Thomas Pesquet will depart the Space Station at 10:50 UTC on Friday and complete one and a half orbits around Earth ahead of a rocket-powered braking maneuver at 13:17 UTC to begin the return trip to Earth.
Soyuz MS-03 will make a parachute-and-rocket-assisted touchdown as 14:10 UTC, 8:10 p.m. local time in Kazakhstan, a little over an hour before sundown.
|Launch: November 17, 2016
|Mission Duration: 196 Days & 18 Hours
|Soyuz MS Spacecraft
|Docking Port: Rassvet
|Return to Earth: June 2, 2017
|Hatch Closure: 7:35 UTC
|Undocking: 10:50 UTC
|D/O Burn: 13:17 UTC (276sec, 128m/s)
|Landing: 14:10 UTC
|ISS Expedition 51
|Landing Site: 147km S-E of Dzhezkazgan