U.S., Russian Trio Depart International Space Station, Prepare to Descend to Earth

RSS

Three of the International Space Station's six crew members, commander Dan Burbank, of NASA, and Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin, Russian flight engineers, undocked from the orbiting science laboratory early Friday to signal their return to Earth after a 166-day mission.

Their 28 Soyuz space capsule undocked from the station's Russian Poisk module at 4:18 a.m, EDT.

After a 4 minute, 25 second braking maneuver, scheduled for 6:49 a.m., EDT, their TMA-22 spacecraft will began its descent to Earth. The three men are headed for a landing north of Arkalyck in Kazakhstan at 7:45 a.m., EDT.

Russian-led recovery forces, including NASA medical personnel, are pre- positioned in helicopters throughout the recovery zone to assist with the extraction of the three men from their TMA-22 spacecraft.

As Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin departed the orbital outpost, command of the station transitioned from Burbank to Russian Oleg Kononenko. The departure also marked the end of the station's Expedition 30.

Kononenko, NASA's Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers are scheduled to be joined in mid-May by three new U. S. and Russian crew members.

Please or Register to post comments.

What's On Space?

On Space

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.

 

Aug 27, 2015
blog

Aviation Week Lifts Veil On Boeing B-52 Bomber (1952) 16

In 1952, Aviation Week provided the first details on the new Boeing B-52 bomber....More
Aug 14, 2015
blog

Bonanza Travel Pays 3

The legendary Beechcraft Bonanza has an impressive production record, so perhaps the marketers back in 1949 were onto something when they coined the phrase "Bonanza travel pays."...More
Aug 14, 2015
blog

Venerable Boeing 727 Prototype To Fly Again 29

The most famous 727, the prototype aircraft which would join United as N7001U, was delivered to the airline in October 1964 having served its time as a Boeing test aircraft....More
Aug 13, 2015
blog

Aviation Week And The Bomb

Aviation News did not predict how nuclear weapons would change the world. But neither did anyone else....More
Aug 13, 2015
blog

Collins Radar Takes The Ups And Downs Out Of Flying

Turbulence? Rockwell Collins had a solution for those bumpy rides in the early 80s with its WXR-700 Doppler Weather Radar....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×