NASA will run a dwell broadcast of the return to Earth of American astronaut Mark Vande Hei after a record-breaking 355-day mission aboard the Worldwide House Station (ISS). Together with Vande Hei, two Russian cosmonauts — Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov — may also contact down in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz MS-19 capsule on March 30. The Soyuz will undock from the Rassvet module, heading for a parachute-assisted touchdown, NASA stated. On March 15, Vande Hei has surpassed Scott Kelly’s beforehand held file of 340 consecutive days in house.
NASA has introduced it is going to present dwell protection of Vande Hei’s return, from undocking to touchdown. The schedule is as follows:
- Farewells and hatch closure: March 30 at 9am IST
- Undocking: March 30 at 12:15pm IST
- Deorbit: March 30 at 3:45pm IST
- Touchdown: March 30 at 4:58pm IST
Earlier than his departure for Earth, Shkaplerov will hand over command of the house station to NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn. This occasion may also air dwell on March 29 at 7:15pm IST.
After touchdown, the three will break up up, as per customary crew return apply. Vande Hei will return to his house in Houston, and the cosmonauts will fly again to their coaching base in Star Metropolis, Russia, stated NASA.
Shortly after surpassing the file for staying on the house station, Vande Hei spoke about his expertise in the course of the lengthy mission. In a video shared by ISS on Twitter, Vande Hei stated he had an indoor job for nearly a yr and now he is trying ahead to “being outdoors it doesn’t matter what type of climate”.
— Worldwide House Station (@Space_Station) March 16, 2022
Requested whether or not spending time in house has modified his view of Earth, Vande Hei stated, “You might be actually in house. The one factor separating you from the vacuum of house is that treasured skinny layer of environment that we name house”.
Vande Hei and Dubrov took off from Earth for the ISS on April 9, 2021. Shkaplerov launched on October 5.