Russian Soyuz spacecraft is bringing back three astronauts from the ISS to earth right now. NASA provides live coverage online.
Astronauts of Expedition 43 Terry Virts and his crew mates Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti, have started their return to Earth from the International Space Station after a month of rocket failure that delayed an earlier attempt. They had spent 6 months on the ISS. Because of the delay Samantha Cristoforetti broke the record of a female astronaut stay in space.
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The space crew is scheduled to land at 9:43 a.m. ET southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz undocked from the station at 6:20 a.m. EDT to begin the voyage to earth. Shkaplerov, the Soyuz commander, is at the controls of the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft.
You can watch the Soyuz spacecraft bringing back three astronauts from the ISS right now on the NASA site online.
- The Soyuz has landed. Rescue crews in helicopters are on their way to pick up the astronauts. Touchdown of Soyuz happened at 8:44am.
- The Soyuz glides down to earth on its parachutes. All looks good. Touchdown is in 3 minutes.
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The Expedition 44 crew members, Commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos will continue research and maintenance aboard the station and will be joined next month by three additional crew members, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.