UPDATE 4: Three ISS Crew Undock, Headed Home

UPDATE 4: Three ISS Crew Undock, Headed Home

UPDATE 4: Touchdown!

UPDATE 3: NASA TV announcer says that an Antonov aircraft has confirmed it is in voice contact with the crew and they are OK.

UPDATE 2: Capsule separation should have occurred at 11:33 pm EDT (about 7 minutes ago), but there appears to be a communications problem and Moscow ground control has not been able to confirm it with the crew.

UPDATE 1: The deorbit burn is underway.

ORIGINAL STORY: Three of the six International Space Station (ISS) crew members are in their Soyuz spacecraft and have undocked from the ISS as they head back to planet Earth.

Russian cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Alexandr Samokutayev and NASA astronaut Ron Garan are in the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft. They undocked from the ISS at 8:38 pm EDT (00:38 GMT Friday). Landing is expected at 12:00 am EDT Friday (11:00 pm CDT Thursday).

NASA TV is providing live coverage.

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