Its been a wonderful year in space. Space veggies, invasions from gorillas, water ping pong, and much more. But for now, its all coming to an end for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. Just yesterday he handed over command of the ISS to Tim Kopra to prepare for his departure from the stations. Tonight, Kelly will begin a seven hour long trek back to Earth.
The Soyuz is set to touch down at 11:27 p.m. EST
The journey will begin at 4:15 EST. Kelly will say his final goodbye to the ISS and hop into the Soyuz to bring him back to the earth. He’ll be joined by his fellow crew members Mikhail Kornienko, and Sergey Volko who also spent an entire year orbiting the planet.
The Soyuz will undock from the ISS at 8:05 p.m. and slowly begin its decent towards our planet. The engines of the shuttle are set to ignite at 10:34 p.m. which will bring the capsule out of orbit for a final re-entry into the atmosphere. The craft will touchdown in Kazakhstan at roughly 11:27 p.m.
You can watch preparation for the live event above. NASA will be broadcasting preliminary content all day long in lead up to the event.
Watch today’s events at the live stream above, and learn more about how Kelly’s body may have changed while aboard the ISS.
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