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SOYUZ MS-24 RETURN TO EARTH, Apr 5-6, 2024, Kazakhstan (NASA TV begins April 5, 11:30 pm ET)

Update, March 31:  Soyuz MS-24 will undock from the ISS on April 5, 2024 at 11:55 pm ET. NASA TV coverage begins 11:30 pm ET.

The deorbit burn will take place at 2:24 am ET on April 6 and landing at 3:18 am ET.  NASA TV coverage begins 2:00 am ET.

The returning crew on Soyuz MS-24 are:

  • Oleg Novitsky, Roscosmos, who arrived on Soyuz MS-25 on March 25, 2024
  • Loral O’Hara, NASA, who arrived on Soyuz MS-24 on September 17, 2023
  • Marina Vasilevskaya, spaceflight participant from Belarus, who arrived on Soyuz MS-25 with Novitsky

Update, March 22:  The launch of Soyuz MS-25 scrubbed on March 21 and Russia now plans to launch on March 23 instead. Consequently, the departure of Soyuz MS-24 from ISS has slipped to April 6.

 Original Entry: Russia’s Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft will return to Earth from the International Space Station on April 2, 2024, landing in Kazakhstan.  The time has not been announced as of March 18.

Soyuz MS-24 launched in September 2023 with a crew of three: Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub from Roscosmos and Loral O’Hara from NASA.

Kononenko and Chub are staying for a year-long mission and will return in September 2024.

O’Hara is there for a typical 6-month mission and will return on Soyuz MS-24 on April 2 with two others who are about to arrive on Soyuz MS-25.

Soyuz MS-25 will launch on March 21 with Oleg Novitsky (Roscosmos), Tracy Dyson (NASA), and a spaceflight participant from Belarus, Marina Vasilevskaya.

Novitky and Vasilevskaya are only there for a short 12-day visit. Dyson is replacing O’Hara for a typical 6-month stint.

Therefore, Soyuz MS-24’s return trip to Earth will have O’Hara, Novitsky, and Vasilevskaya.



April 5 @ 11:00 pm
April 6 @ 11:00 pm