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Area Station astronauts return to Earth tonight: watch them dwell!

Three members of the Expedition 59 crew return to Earth as we speak (24 June) after spending greater than six months on the Worldwide Area Station.

Astronaut Anne McClain of NASA, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Canadian Area Company astronaut David Saint-Jacques will depart the area station aboard their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft at 19:25 . EDT (23:25 GMT).

About three and a half hours later, they may parachute into the Kazakhstan steppe and land southeast of Dzhezkazgan city at about 10:47 EDTYou’ll be able to watch their begin and touchdown dwell on, courtesy of NASA TV.

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Earlier than the crew board the Soyuz, he’ll bid farewell to the remaining three astronauts: NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Reside protection of their farewells will start at three:30 pm EDT (19H30 GMT), and the crew should shut the door of Soyuz at 16h10. EDT (2010 GMT).

As soon as the crew is put in on the ship, the dwell protection of the undocking will start at 7 pm EDT (23:00 GMT), or 25 minutes earlier than the scheduled time for departure of the orbiting laboratory spacecraft. The Soyuz will proceed to orbit the Earth because it strikes away from the station for about 2 hours and 30 minutes earlier than the beginning of combustion. At the moment, the Soyuz will put the engines on hearth and start to dive into the Earth's ambiance. The deorbitation burn begins at 9:55 pm EDT (0h15 GMT 25 June), 53 minutes earlier than the scheduled touchdown.

McClain, Kononenko and Saint-Jacques joined the area station collectively on December third and can return in the identical spaceship that they launched. By that point, that they had joined the Expedition 58 mission, however they switched to Expedition 59 in March, after the arrival of the Soyuz MS-12 which evoked Hague, Koch and Ovchinin.

McClain, Kononenko and Saint-Jacques could have spent a complete of 204 days in area, throughout which they circled the Earth three,264 occasions and traveled a distance of about 86.four million kilometers ( 139 million kilometers).

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