Watch NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Return to Earth


After 185 days aboard the Worldwide Area Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and her two Russian counterparts will return to Earth on Saturday, April 17.

NASA will livestream the occasion, together with the trio’s undocking from the area station aboard the Soyuz spacecraft on Friday, April 16, and the touchdown in Kazakhstan the next day. Extra particulars under.

Rubins arrived on the ISS with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov as a part of Expedition 64 on October 14, 2020.

Throughout her six-month stint aboard the ISS, Rubins participated in two spacewalks, voted within the U.S. presidential election, and labored on a variety of experiments.

The three astronauts additionally skilled 2,960 orbits of Earth and traveled a complete of 78.4 million miles.

That is Rubins’ second spaceflight, with 300 cumulative days in area. Ryzhikov is finishing his second spaceflight, with 358 cumulative days, whereas Kud-Sverchkov was on his first spaceflight.


Protection of the astronauts’ departure from the ISS and touchdown on Earth will air dwell on NASA TV and on the NASA app. You may as well watch it by hitting the play button on the embedded participant on the high of this web page.

A livestream of the farewells aboard the ISS will start at 5:45 p.m ET on Friday, April 16.

Rubins, Ryzhikov, and Kud-Sverchkov will then climb aboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft and shut the hatch at 6:10 p.m. ET in preparation for his or her journey again to Earth. The astronauts will undock from the area station at 9:34 p.m. ET.

Protection of Soyuz’s deorbit burn will start at 11:30 p.m ET Friday night time, with the parachute-assisted touchdown scheduled to comply with at 12:56 a.m. ET (10:56 a.m. Kazakhstan time) on Saturday, April 17, on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan about 300 miles from the nation’s capital metropolis, Nur-Sultan.

After touchdown, the Soyuz MS-17 crew will go their separate methods, with Rubins returning to her house in Houston and the cosmonauts flying again to their coaching base in Star Metropolis, Russia.

The Soyuz undocking will mark the formal starting of Expedition 65 aboard the station, with new station commander Shannon Walker, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and Mark Vande Hei, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.

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