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14.04.2020

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NASA Flight Engineers Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir flank Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos for a playful portrait in the weightless environment of the International Space Station.
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NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, who has spent nine months living and working on the International Space Station, will join fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a scheduled return to Earth on Friday, April 17.

 

Live coverage of their Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft’s undocking and station departure will begin at 6 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 16, on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Coverage of the deorbit burn and landing will begin at 12 a.m. Friday, April 17.

 

Soyuz and station hatches will be closed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, and the trio will undock from the aft port of the station’s Zvezda service module at 9:53 p.m. A deorbit burn at 12:22 a.m. Friday, April 17, will put the Soyuz on course for a parachute-assisted landing at 1:17 a.m. (11:17 a.m. Kazakhstan time) on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.

 

A change of command ceremony, which will see newly arrived astronaut Chris Cassidy of NASA accept station command from Skripochka, will air live at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

 

At the time of undocking, Expedition 63 will begin aboard the station, with Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner comprising a three-person crew until the planned arrival of NASA’s Bob Behnkenand Doug Hurley aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon on the Demo-2 flight test, becoming the first astronauts to launch from American soil to the space station since 2011.

 

Morgan’s 272-day mission began on July 20, 2019, with launch aboard the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft, along with Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos. His flight spanned Expeditions 60-62, a total of 4,352 Earth orbits and a journey of 115.3 million miles. During his first spaceflight, he contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development. He also conducted seven spacewalks, totaling 45 hours and 48 minutes, four of which were to improve and extend the life of the station’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer as it looks for evidence of dark matter in the universe.

 

Meir and Skripochka, who launched on the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft on Sept. 25, 2019, will land with Morgan after 205 days in space, 3,280 orbits of Earth and a trip of 86.9 million miles. During her first spaceflight, Meir conducted the first three all-woman spacewalks with crewmate Christina Koch of NASA, totaling 21 hours and 44 minutes. Skripochka is completing his third spaceflight for a cumulative 536 days in orbit.

 

After landing, the crew will return by Russian helicopters to the recovery staging city in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where they will split up. Morgan and Meir will board a NASA plane located in the adjacent city of Kyzlorda, Kazakhstan, for a flight back to Houston. Skripochka will board a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft in Baikonur to return to his home in Star City, Russia.

 

Full NASA TV coverage is as follows (all times EDT):

 

Wednesday, April 15:

 

4:55 p.m.: Space station change of command ceremony, during which Chris Cassidy will accept command from crewmate Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos.

 

Thursday, April 16:

 

6 p.m.: Farewell and Soyuz hatch closure coverage (hatch closure at 6:30 p.m.)

 

9:30 p.m.: Soyuz undocking coverage (undocking scheduled for 9:53 p.m.)

 

Friday, April 17:

 

12 a.m.: Soyuz deorbit burn and landing coverage (deorbit burn at 12:22 a.m. and landing at 1:17 a.m.)

 

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Quelle: NASA

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Update: 17.04.2020

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Quelle: NASA TV

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ISS crew evacuated from Soyuz-MS15 on landing

The crew has returned to Earth due to the novel coronavirus pandemic
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Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir have been evacuated from the Soyuz MS-15 manned spacecraft, which landed earlier in Kazakhstan, 147 km to the southeast of the city of Zhezqazghan. The Roscosmos website organized a live transmission of the event.

The spacecraft left the International Space Station (ISS) at 04:53 Moscow time. Russian astronauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner remain at the station along with their NASA colleague Chris Cassidy, who has been appointed commander of the station.

The crew has returned to Earth due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. All astronauts will undergo medical check-ups, after which they will be transported to Baikonur. After that, Skripochka will head to Moscow, and his US colleagues will travel to the USA. All personnel working with the astronauts on land have been tested for COVID-19.

Quelle: TASS
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Soyuz MS-15 lands safely with US, Russian crew from space station

April 17, 2020

— A NASA astronaut who launched to the International Space Station 50 years to the day after the first astronauts landed on the moon has safely returned to Earth on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 splashdown.

Andrew Morgan completed an extended 272-day mission on Friday (April 17), touching down on Russia's Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft with NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, who each logged 205 days on the space station. Descending under a parachute to the steppe of Kazakhstan, the capsule touched down on its side at 1:16:43 a.m. EDT (0516 GMT or 11:16 a.m. local Kazakh time), southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan.

Morgan, Meir and Skripochka were met by Russian recovery forces and NASA medical officers who assisted them out of the spacecraft and administered initial health checks. Seated in chairs just outside of their spacecraft, the crewmates looked to be in good spirits, as broadcast live by Roscosmos from the landing site.

Long-duration spaceflights are known to weaken astronauts' immune systems, so precautions were taken to limit the crew's exposure to the novel coronavirus currently affecting millions worldwide. The NASA and Roscosmos staff tending to the astronauts wore face masks and the other workers at the site appeared to be following social distancing practices.

"Our landing date corresponds with the landing day of Apollo 13 and now, once again, there is a crisis, [but] the crisis is on Earth," Morgan told reporters a week before coming home, referencing the 1970 problem-plagued moon mission and the current pandemic.

"I think I will feel even more isolated on Earth than I did here [on the station]," said Meir during the same in-flight press conference on April 10. "It certainly will be very difficult for me to not be able to give some hugs to my family and friends. That is something, after being up here for seven months and being the type of person I am, it is going to be difficult for me not to do... but I know that will be part of the game for awhile."

Rather than be flown from the landing site to the Kazakh town of Karaganda for a traditional welcome ceremony, Morgan, Meir and Skripochka were being taken directly to Baikonur, their launch site, as part of the virus precautions. Morgan and Meir will board a NASA plane located in the adjacent city of Kyzlorda, Kazakhstan, for a flight back to Houston.

Skripochka will board a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft in Baikonur to return to his home in Star City, outside of Moscow, Russia.


Soyuz MS-15 crew returns to Earth. Click to enlarge video in a pop-up window. (NASA TV)

Morgan, Meir and Skripochka's journey back to Earth began at 9:53 p.m. EDT on Thursday (0153 GMT Friday) when they undocked their Soyuz from the station's Zvezda service module. Their departure marked the official end of Expedition 62.

"Expedition [62] time has passed very quickly," Skripochka said, before transferring command of the orbiting laboratory to NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy on Wednesday. "I am really grateful to our crew for this great time we had aboard the space station."

Cassidy, together with cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, arrived at the station on April 9. They will serve as the Expedition 63 crew through October.

During their time in orbit, Morgan, Meir and Skripochka helped conduct hundreds of science experiments and saw the arrival of multiple uncrewed supply vehicles, including the last of SpaceX's first generation Dragon cargo spacecraft.

Morgan and Meir also ventured outside the space station on spacewalks. Morgan performed a total of seven extravehicular activities (EVAs), totaling 45 hours and 48 minutes, including four outings to carry out the complicated repair of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) cosmic ray detector.

Meir conducted three spacewalks, for a total of 21 hours and 44 minutes, all with NASA astronaut Christina Koch, making history as the first-ever EVAs performed by an all-women team.

Morgan, a 44-year-old emergency physician in the U.S. Army, launched to the space station on board Soyuz MS-13 on July 20, 2019, the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Morgan's extended stay — nine months instead of the typical six — helped to collect additional data about the effects of long-duration human spaceflight applicable to future missions to the moon and Mars.

A flight engineer on the Expedition 60, 61 and 62 crews, this was Morgan's first spaceflight. His journey totaled 115.3 million miles (185.5 kilometers) over the course of 4,352 orbits of Earth.

Meir, a 42-year-old marine biologist and physiologist, launched with Skripochka, a 50-year-old engineer, aboard Soyuz MS-15 on Sept. 25, 2019. They arrived at the station with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori.

Members of the Expedition 61 and 62 crews, this was Meir's first and Skripochka's third space missions. Skripochka has now logged a total of 536 days in space.

Soyuz MS-15 was the 61st Soyuz to launch for the International Space Station. It traveled 86.9 million miles (139.8 million km) completing 3,280 orbits of Earth.

 


Soyuz MS-15 lands on the steppe of Kazakhstan from the International Space Station with cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos and NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir on Friday, April 17, 2020. (NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin)



NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan (left) and Jessica Meir (right) and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka rest in chairs after landing aboard Soyuz MS-15 from the International Space Station on the Kazakh steppe on April 17, 2020. (NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin)



Expedition 62 crewmates Oleg Skripochka (bottom right), Jessica Meir (center right) and Andrew Morgan (top right) landed on Friday, April 17, 2020, leaving Expedition 63 crewmates Chris Cassidy (bottom left), Anatoli Ivanishin (center left) and Ivan Vagner aboard the International Space Station. (Roscosmos)



Soyuz MS-15 landing crew mission patch with the names of Oleg Skripochka, Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir. (NASA)



NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan (left) and Jessica Meir (center) and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka rest in chairs after landing aboard Soyuz MS-15 from the International Space Station on the Kazakh steppe on April 17, 2020. (NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin)



Soyuz MS-15 landed on its side on the steppe of Kazakhstan after returning from the International Space Station. (NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin)
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