Three ISS Crew Members Return Home Early Friday Morning

Three ISS Crew Members Return Home Early Friday Morning

With space shuttles whizzing above us in the skies and Congress busy at work funding NASA and other space activities, it’s easy to forget that there is a space station in orbit right now with six hard working astronauts and cosmonauts aboard.   Until tomorrow, that is, when three will return to Earth.  They will soon be replaced by three new crewmembers, however, so not to worry.

The three coming home very early tomorrow, Friday, April 27, are American Dan Burbank and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin.  They have been on the International Space Station (ISS) for five-and-a-half months.  They will undock from ISS at 4:18 am ET and land in Kazakhstan at 7:45 am. 

Three other ISS crew members will remain aboard — commander Oleg Kononenko (Russia) and flight engineers Andre Kuipers (European Space Agency) and Don Pettit (U.S.).  They wll be joined by three new crewmates on May 17.

Follow the undocking and landing on  NASA TV.

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