Johnson Space Center, Houston
Space Station Crew Landing Moved to Saturday
WASHINGTON - The 14th crew of the International Space Station, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, along with Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi, will land at 8:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 21 in Kazakhstan.
The return of the Soyuz spacecraft was delayed a day, and the landing site was moved farther south. The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, made the decisions to avoid wet conditions at the original landing site that could have interfered with recovery helicopter operations.
NASA Television will air highlights of the crew's return Saturday.
- 1:30 a.m. - coverage begins with hatch closure and a replay of farewells
- 4:45 a.m. - coverage resumes for the Soyuz undocking, planned for 5:11 a.m.
- 7:15 a.m. - coverage resumes for the deorbit burn and landing
- 7:42 a.m. - the Soyuz will fire its engines to begin its descent to Earth
For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
The newsroom at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and remain open through landing. For more information on the space station and the Expedition crews, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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