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RETURN OF CHINA’S SHENZHOU-15 CREW, June 3, 2023, China, 6:32 pm ET

Update, June 3:  Bob Christy @OrbitalFocus has calculated the times of critical events, with landing at 2232 UTC, which is 6:32 pm EDT. China’s CGTN usually provides live coverage.

Update, June 2: China now confirms the crew will return on June 4 Beijing Time, but did not specify the time.  Christy and Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) put the time at approximately 2230 UTC on June 3, which is 6:30 pm EDT June 3.

Original Entry: China is getting ready to conduct a crew exchange on its Tiangong-3 space station with the Shenzhou-15 crew being replaced by Shenzhou-16.

As usual, China has not announced exact dates for the launch of Shenzhou-16 or the return of Shenzhou-15, but Bob Christy @OrbitalFocus has calculated a likely return date and time for Shenzhou-15 of June 3, 2023 at about 22:25 UTC (6:25 pm EDT).  China has said only that they will return in June.

Christy calculates that the Shenzhou-16 crew will be launched on May 29 EDT (May 30 UTC).


June 3
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm