Soyuz MS-03

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, 2016Mission Updates
Mission Duration: 196 Days & 18 HoursSoyuz MS Spacecraft
Docking Port: RassvetLanding Profile
Return to Earth: June 2, 2017Oleg Novitskiy
Hatch Closure: 7:35 UTCThomas Pesquet
Undocking: 10:50 UTCPhoto Galleries
D/O Burn: 13:17 UTC (276sec, 128m/s)Video Galleries
Landing: 14:10 UTCISS Expedition 51
Landing Site: 147km S-E of Dzhezkazgan