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Soyuz MS-08 undocking, landing

 NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, center, and NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft during vehicle fit checks in March 2018. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, center, and NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, pose for pictures in front of their Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft during vehicle fit checks in March 2018. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Soyuz MS-08 with its three-person crewRussian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnoldis expected to return to Earth in early October 2018. They will land on the Kazakh Steppe, only several hundred kilometers from where they launched back in March 2018.

Upon undocking from the Poisk module, currently expected at about 7:57 UTC Oct. 4, Expedition 56 will officially end and Expedition 57 will begin. Remaining aboard the International Space Station will be Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.

When Soyuz MS-08 undocks, it will back away from the space station over the course of several hours before performing a deorbit burn around 10:51 UTC with a landing some 55 minutes later.

 

— Soyuz MS-08 news —

Earlier Event: September 27
Kounotori 7 berthing
Later Event: October 4
Start of Expedition 57