Three expedition 59 crew members return to Earth today (June 24) after more than six months at the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Canadian space organization astronaut David Saint-Jacques will leave the space station in their spacecraft Soyuz MS-11 at 7:25. EDT (2325 GMT).
About three and a half hours later, they will parachute down to the barracks of Kazakhstan and move down southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan at about [10:45 pm] 10:47 pm. EDT or 08:47 am local time (0247 GMT) on June 25. You can watch their departure and land live here at Space.com, licensed by NASA TV.
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Before the crew climbs into Soyuz, they will say goodbye to the three remaining astronauts aboard: NASA astronauts Nick Haag and Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Live coverage of their farewells begins at 3:30 pm EDT (1
After the crew is located inside their ship, live coverage of undocking will start at 19.00. EDT (2300 GMT), or 25 minutes before the spacecraft is scheduled to depart the orbiting laboratory. Soyuz will continue to pave the earth while moving further away from the station for about 2 hours and 30 minutes before the burns begin. At that time, Soyuz will burn their engines and start throwing into the Earth's atmosphere. The interrupt source starts at. 09:55. EDT (0155 GMT on June 25) or 53 minutes before the planned landing.
McClain, Kononenko and Saint-Jacques were launched to the space station together on December 3 and return to the same spacecraft they launched. At that time, they had joined the Expedition 58 mission, but they moved to Expedition 59 in March after the arrival of Soyuz MS-12, which raised The Hague, Koch and Ovchinin.
McClain, Kononenko and Saint-Jacques will have spent a total of 204 days in space, during which they walked around the earth 3,264 times and covered a distance of about 86.4 million miles (139 million miles).