Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov undocked from the station at 8:02 p.m. EST to begin their voyage home. Volkov, the Soyuz commander, is at the controls of the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft.
They will perform a separation burn to increase the distance from the station before executing a 4-minute, 49-second deorbit burn at 10:32 p.m. The crew is scheduled to land at 11:25 p.m. southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
All three crew will participate in Field Tests immediately after landing. Scott Kelly will conduct Functional Task Tests once he is back at NASA’s Johnson Space Center which will assess how the human body responds to living in microgravity for such a long time. Understanding how astronauts recover after long-duration spaceflight is a critical piece in planning for missions to deep space.
The Expedition 47 crew members, Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos, and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) will continue research and maintenance aboard the station and will be joined March 18 by three additional crew members, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skriprochka and Alexey Ovchinin.
NASA Television will air live coverage of the Soyuz TMA-18M deorbit burn and landing beginning at 10:15 p.m.
Here is the timeline for Expedition 46’s landing:
Tuesday, March 1
10:15 p.m. NASA TV: Expedition 46 Soyuz TMA-18M deorbit burn and landing coverage
10:32 p.m. Soyuz TMA-18M deorbit burn (4 minutes, 49 seconds duration)
10:37 p.m. Soyuz deorbit burn complete
10:59 p.m. Soyuz module separation (altitude 87 miles)
11:02 p.m. Soyuz atmospheric entry (altitude 62 miles)
11:10 p.m. Command to open parachute (6.6 miles)
11:25 p.m. Expedition 46 Soyuz TMA-18M landing southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan
18 thoughts on “Expedition 46 Trio Leaves Station for Ride to Earth”
This is SO awesome! Godspeed gentlemen!
Oh I CANT WAIT FOR THE SPACE STATION TO LEAVE TO EARTH it was a good idea to do Neil Armstrong for biography:)
Welcome back to planet earth guys.
Good Luck and Welcome Home!
God speed St Michael bring you home safely
Welcome home! YOU are what makes SUPER TUESDAY. You made an incredibly important contribution to space science
Good job NASA I’m happy for you 8:02 p.m! YAY :-)♥♡
Welcome back! Bet you all cannot wait to hug and kiss your family! We can’t wait until news conference. Woohoo!
Your willing to put your lives literally on the line in the name of Science is such a magnificent gesture for the good of the world’s future. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Have a great ride and safe return home boys!!!!
Good luck one year crew & have a safe ride home. I hope to learn about the effects of long term exposure to zero gravity on the human body soon.
Welcome home guys, a Super Tuesday indeed!
Bienvenidos!! Ha sido maravilloso ssguir sus trayectoria y publicaciones …. Gracias!!
Ha sido espectacular seguir sus trayectorias en el espacio… Gracias por su tiempo sus fotos y publicaciones durante estos 340 dias…
Saludos desde Tenerife
Welcome Home. Your contribution to the space program will be forever remembered.
Thank you for all the wonderful pictures of our beautiful world. Welcome home !
Thank you all for your service and sacrifices you and your families have made for mankind!
God Bless you all and welcome home!
Scott Kelly, an American Hero!