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Expedition 14 Returning Home Saturday


Expedition 14 Returning Home Saturday

The crew members aboard the International Space Station spent this week finalizing handover operations, conducting experiments and preparing for the departure of the Expedition 14 crew accompanied by Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi. Undocking of the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft carrying the returning crew is scheduled for 5:11 a.m. EDT Saturday with landing about three hours later at 8:30 a.m. The landing site will be southeast of the usual landing site in Kazakhstan because of wet ground due to spring thaw.

With the landing, Commander Lopez-Alegria will set a U.S. record for a single spaceflight’s duration of 215 days. He also sets the U.S. record for number of spacewalks, 10, and cumulative spacewalk time, 57 hours, 40 minutes.

Expedition 15, consisting of Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 7. Sunita Williams will remain on the station as an Expedition 15 flight engineer and is scheduled to return with the STS-118 shuttle crew.

Live coverage of the landing operations will begin on NASA-TV Saturday at 1:30 a.m. for hatch closing, then will return at 4:45 a.m. for undocking, and resume at 7:15 a.m. monitoring the deorbit burn and landing.

Tags: expedition-14, expedition-15, iss, nasa
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