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Night owl? Early bird? Watch a Soyuz crew plunge back to Earth Saturday morning

Posted by Jason Davis

17-06-2016 13:41 CDT

Topics: human spaceflight, International Space Station

Tomorrow morning, Tim Kopra, Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko are coming home from the International Space Station. But if you live in the United States or Europe, you're going to have to get up pretty early—or stay up late—to see it happen.

The three Expedition 47 crewmembers are scheduled to undock from the station at 1:52 a.m. EDT (6:52 UTC). Their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft will begin its descent to Earth three-and-a-half hours later, touching down in Kazakhstan at 5:14 a.m.

Kopra, Peake and Malenchenko launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome back in December, and will have spent 186 days in space when they depart. Earlier today, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra formally handed command of the station over to his colleague, Jeff Williams:

Expedition 48 begins at the moment Soyuz TMA-19M undocks. If you want to follow along on NASA TV, here is a timeline of the undocking and landing events:

Event  Time (EDT)  Time (UTC)
NASA TV farewell and hatch closure coverage 10:15 p.m. Friday 3:15 Saturday
NASA TV undocking coverage starts 1:30 a.m. Saturday 6:30 Saturday
Undocking 1:52 a.m. 6:52
NASA TV landing coverage starts 4:00 a.m. 9:00
Deorbit burn 4:21 a.m. 9:21
Landing 5:15 a.m. 10:15

As the crew prepares for departure, Tim Kopra has been re-sharing some of his favorite Twitter photos from his stay aboard the station. Here are a few highlights:

Expedition 47 crew departure shot


Expedition 47 crew departure shot
Tim Peake (left), Yuri Malenchenko (center) and Tim Kopra (right) pose for a photo while making departure preparations in their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.
See other posts from June 2016


Or read more blog entries about: human spaceflight, International Space Station


bern666: 06/17/2016 05:06 CDT

Thought it was me here in the UK having trouble with the times (currently on BST =UTC/GMT+1), however I dont believe it is me :-) Is EDT-UTC currently not 4 hours rather than 5?

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