Soyuz MS-17 Brings Three Astronauts Back to Earth

by | Apr 23, 2021 | Crewed Space, Daily Space, Spacecraft | 0 comments

IMAGE: The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft is seen as it lands in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan with Expedition 64 crew members Kate Rubins of NASA, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos, Saturday, April 17, 2021. Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov returned after 185 days in space having served as Expedition 63-64 crew members onboard the International Space Station. CREDIT: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Another notable event that happened this week was the return of the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft to Earth with the two Sergei’s, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov, and NASA’s Kate Rubin. The three boarded their Soyuz spacecraft and undocked from the station at 01:34 UTC on April 17. 

After several orbits gaining distance from the ISS, Soyuz MS-17 conducted its deorbit burn at 04:01 UTC. The nearly five-minute burn imparted a retrograde velocity change of 128 meters per second, just enough to pull the spacecraft back to Earth and land at the primary landing site of Dzezkazgan, Kazakhstan, some 54 minutes later. The landing was during the late morning local time, and the Roscosmos recovery team tracked the descending capsule from parachute deployment to the ground. The three returning astronauts were then helped out of the capsule into a waiting medical tent. After their checkup, the cosmonauts headed back to Moscow and Kate started her way back to Houston on a NASA jet.

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NASA press release

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