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NASA Television Set to Cover March Soyuz Landing Operations
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three crew
members aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to end
almost six months on the orbiting laboratory on March 10, and NASA
Television will provide complete coverage.
Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey
Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight
Engineer Michael Hopkins of NASA will undock their Soyuz spacecraft
from the station on March 10 at 8:02 p.m. EDT, heading for a landing
in Kazakhstan, southeast of Dzhezkazgan at 11:24 p.m. (9:24 a.m. on
March 11 local time in Dzhezkazgan). The crew's return will wrap up
166 days in space since launching from Kazakhstan on Sept. 26, 2013.
At the time of undocking, Expedition 39 will begin formally aboard the
station under the command of Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency, the first Japanese commander of the complex.
Wakata and his crewmates, NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio and
Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, will operate the station as a
three-person crew for two weeks until the arrival of three new crew
members, U.S. astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander
Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, who are scheduled to launch from
KazakhstanMarch 25, U.S. time.
NASA Television coverage will begin on Sunday morning, March 9, with
the change of command ceremony in which Kotov will turn over command
of station operations to Wakata, and it will continue March 10 and 11
with Expedition 38 landing and post-landing activities. All following
times are in EDT.
Sunday, March 9: 4:55 a.m. - Expedition 38/39 change of command
Monday, March 10: 4:30 p.m. - Farewells and hatch closure (hatch
closure scheduled at 4:45 p.m.) 7:45 p.m. - Undocking (undocking
scheduled at 8:02 p.m.) 10:15 p.m. - Landing (landing scheduled at
Tuesday, March 11: 1:30 a.m. - Video File of Hatch Closure, Undocking
and Landing Activities 2 p.m. - Video File of Post-Landing Activities
and Interview with Michael Hopkins in Kazakhstan
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