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Soyuz MS-11 preparing to return ISS trio back to Earth

23 Jun 2019, 19:46 UTC
Soyuz MS-11 preparing to return ISS trio back to Earth
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The Russian Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, returning NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency to Earth. The End Of Mission events began on Sunday, with a Space station change of command ceremony, during which Konenenko handed over command to Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Undocking is set to take place at 7:25 pm Eastern on Monday.

The crew is completing a 204-day mission spanning 3,264 orbits of the Earth and a journey of 86.4 million miles.
McClain first trip into space has been a busy mission, including two spacewalks that completed a battery swapout and worked on the Station’s power systems.
Among her numerous tasks on the Station, McClain also took part in welcoming the first Commercial Crew vehicle to the ISS, as Dragon 2 completed its opening DM-1 flight.
She also made friends with one of Dragon’s passengers, leading to numerous viral tweets and an unaware producer of “Little Earth” toys running out of stock.
McClain inside Dragon 2 with Little Earth and Ripley – via NASA
David Saint-Jacques of the CSA is also completing his ...

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