Station Crew Boards Craft For Return To Earth

The Flame Trench space news and analysis: Station Crew Boards Craft For Return To Earth:

A multi-national crew in orbit since June aims to depart the International Space Station tonight, setting off for an atmospheric reentry and landing in more than half-a-foot of snow on the frigid steppes of north-central Kazakhstan.

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, U.S. astronaut Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency boarded a Soyuz spacecraft moored on the Earth-facing side of the Russian segment of the outpost. Hatches between the Soyuz and the station swung shut at 2:41 p.m. EST.

You can watch live coverage of the spacecraft departure, the deorbit burn and the landing here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box on the right to launch our NASA TV viewer. Live coverage of the 6 p.m. undocking will begin at 5:30 p.m. Then check back at 8 p.m. for live coverage of the 8:32 p.m. deorbit burn and the 9:25 p.m. landing.

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