Watch the Area Station's one-yr crew contact down on Earth
The astronaut and cosmonaut who lived aboard the ISS for nearly one entire yr are on their approach residence. Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko, together with one other cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, boarded their experience again to Earth (a Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft) a couple of hours in the past. It undocked from the ISS at eight:02 PM ET. Kelly is slated to bear NASA’s Practical Activity Checks as quickly as he will get again to the Johnson Area Middle.
NASA senior analysis scientist Jacob Bloomberg as soon as described these exams as “very operation-oriented and […] associated to totally different elements of the mission and actions an astronaut would wish to do after touchdown on the floor of Mars.” The scientists will research how Kelly’s physique modified after spending one straight yr in area in an effort to know the impacts of lengthy period, deep area missions on the human physique. His outcomes will almost definitely be in contrast together with his twin brother’s who stayed right here on the bottom as a part of the company’s “Twins Research.”
NASA TV is airing Soyuz TMA-18M’s touchdown beginning at 10:15AM ET. You’ll watch all the things, from the spacecraft’s deorbit burn and module separation because it enters the environment to the second it touches down. If all goes properly, the Soyuz spacecraft will land in Kazakhstan at round eleven:25PM ET.