Expedition 50 Trio Says Farewell, Closes Soyuz Hatches

Expedition 50 Trio
The Expedition 50 crew members are pictured in front of their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft during pre-launch preparations on Sept. 9, 2016.

At 12:45 a.m. EDT, hatches were closed between the International Space Station and the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft. Expedition 50 crew members Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos are preparing to undock at 3:57 a.m. NASA Television will provide coverage beginning at 3:30 a.m.

The deorbit burn is targeted for 6:28 a.m. and will lead to a landing at 7:21 a.m. southeast of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. NASA TV coverage of deorbit and landing begins at 6 a.m. Watch live on NASA’s website.

The return of Expedition 50 wraps up 173 days in space for the crew since their launch last October.

Follow @space_station on Twitter for updates. For more information about the International Space Station, visit www.nasa.gov/station.


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