NASA is covering the return of Soyuz TMA-17M carrying Expedition 45.
How about some real-time space adventure with your morning coffee? NASA is offering live coverage of a Soyuz returing to earth from ISS. The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft carrying Expedition 45 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency) and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) undocked from the station at 4:49 a.m. EST this morning.
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The spacecraft is expected to land at 8:12am ET northeast of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. The weather conditions at the landing site have deteriorated and the extraction will be expedited.
NASA is broadcasting the landing live since 7am ET on NASA TV.
8:12am ET: Soyuz landed. waiting for confirmation
8:08am ET: Soyuz parachutes are deployed and spacecraft is decending to landing zone.
7:19am ET: Soyuz crew iniated deorbiting burn.
It is a coming and going at the ISS. The Expedition 46 crew members remaining aboard the ISS are Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov.
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The three-person crew will operate the station for four days until the arrival of three new crew members. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) are scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Dec. 15.