April 16, 2021
Categories: ISS

64th long-term expedition is completing its work aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft crewmembers Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, as well as NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins are preparing to return to Earth in accordance with the flight schedule. Last night the crew change took place at the ISS.

The crew change process at the station is a formal ceremony of signing documents by two commanders: cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov, who headed it since October 2020, and astronaut Shannon Walker, signed the corresponding transfer of authority act. The end of the ceremony is traditionally accompanied by the striking of the ship’s bell.

Currently, Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Kathleen Rubins are performing operations to prepare for the upcoming descent. The Soyuz MS-17 crewed vehicle descent module will also deliver the equipment and cases with the scientific research and experiments’ results carried out during the six-month expedition.

The coming night, the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft crewmembers will say goodbye to their colleagues, move to the spacecraft, close the transfer hatches and prepare for undocking. According to the estimated information of the TsNIIMash Mission Control Center (part of Roscosmos), the hatches between the Poisk Mini Research Module of the Russian segment of the station and the Soyuz ship are to close between 22:10 and 22:30 UTC on April 16, 2021. The undocking is expected at 03:34 UTC, and the landing of the descent vehicle with the crew at 04:56 UTC, 147 km southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan (azimuth 110,0°).

All three operations will be broadcast live on Roscosmos website and social networks, as well as on the First Space TV channel. The third broadcast will be attended by Hero of Russia, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, who returned to Earth six months ago. He will tell in detail how the crew is preparing to return to the planet, how the descent process is going on, what the crew feels at this moment, as well as about his impressions and answer numerous other questions.

More from this category:
March 4, 2019

At the Baikonur cosmodrome, RSC Energia specialists completed operations to refuel the Soyuz MS-12 transport manned vehicle with fuel components and compressed gases. After refueling,…

full story
June 8, 2018

The “Soyuz MS-09” spacecraft on June 8, 2018 successfully docked to the docking site of the research module “Rassvet” of the Russian segment of the…

full story
September 12, 2019

At Baikonur Cosmodrome planned preparations for the launch of the “Proton-M” launch vehicle in the interests of Eutelsat S.A., a global satellite communications operator, are…

full story
November 19, 2021

The Progress M-UM cargo spacecraft-module carrying the Prichal Node Module has been sent to final assembly with the launch vehicle at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Today…

full story
October 24, 2013

Another ISS reboost maneuver is scheduled for the Thursday, as a result of it the station orbit is to be raised by 900 meters, –…

full story
November 28, 2018

On November 27, open training of the main and backup crews of the “Soyuz MS-11” spacecraft took place at the Baikonur cosmodrome. Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko,…

full story
June 25, 2024

Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicles for autumn launches of Soyuz MS-26 and Progress MS-29 have been delivered to Baikonur. The railway train with rocket blocks was accepted…

full story
November 22, 2021

On the morning of November 19, 2021, a formal seeing-off for the prime and backup crews of the 20th ISS expedition took place at the…

full story