Space Station Crews To Return To Earth After More Than 5 Months In Orbit

By on May 23, 2011 in Astronomy, Science Comments
Paolo Nespoli
Paolo Nespoli
Image Credit: Paolo Nespoli / Caters

After more than 5 months working in orbit, three crews of the International Space Station are returning to Earth today, May 23, 2011, international astronomy news sites reported.

Reports said that Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and astronauts Catherine Coleman of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of Italy are expected to land their Soyuz space capsule on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 10:26pm EDT (0226 Tuesday GMT).

The crews will depart from the space station while the space shuttle Endeavour is docked at the orbiting laboratory. They are scheduled to undock at 5:35pm EDT (2135 GMT).

Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli were said to have been in the space station since December 2010.

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