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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Soyuz TMA-05M Crew to Land from ISS

American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko (middle)  and Japan’s Space Agency astronaut Akihito Hoshide.

NASA Television will provide live coverage as three of the crew members on the International Space Station come back to Earth Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 (specific event times, NASA).

ISS Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko will undock their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from the station, heading for a pre-dawn landing in Kazakhstan, northeast of the remote town of Arkalyk at 8:53 p.m. EST (7:53 a.m. Kazakhstan time on Nov. 19). Their return will wrap up 127 days in space since their launch from Kazakhstan on July 15, 2012 including 125 days spent aboard the station.

The Soyuz TMA-07M will launch December 19, 2012 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan transporting three new members of the Expedition 34 crew to the International Space Station.  Russsian comosnaut Roman Romanenko, American NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield are expected to continue into the Expedition 35 increment.

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