Record-setting astronaut Rubio will return to Earth this week


Record-breaking NASA astronaut Frank Rubio will return to Earth this Wednesday. Rubio recently set a new record for the longest stay in space by a NASA astronaut, surpassing the one year he spent aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Rubio and two other ISS crew members will return to Earth this week, and their journey will be live-streamed by NASA if you want to watch at home.

What to expect from the return trip?

NASA astronaut and Expedition 69 flight engineer Frank Rubio works inside the International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory module. NASA

Rubio will return to Earth with two Roscosmos astronauts, Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin, who have been aboard the station for a total of 371 days in space. They will travel aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft, which will depart from the station’s Prichal module before traveling back in the early morning and landing near the city of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

From their landing site, the trio will fly to Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and Rubio will then fly to Houston on a NASA aircraft.

The trio have been in space for so long due to a problem with their parent spacecraft, Soyuz MS-22. The spacecraft arrived at the space station carrying three crew members as planned in September 2022 and docked at the station in March this year with the aim of bringing the trio back. But in December 2022, the spacecraft was observed leaking coolant fluid and was deemed too dangerous for humans to travel on.

Another Soyuz – MS-23 – was sent as a replacement in February, and MS-22 returned to Earth without any passengers. Now all three will return to the replacement spacecraft, with no problems.

How to watch return trip

NASA TV will livestream Soyuz MS-23’s return journey beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 27, with coverage of the crew departure and hatch closing. Coverage of the undocking begins at 3 a.m. ET (midnight PT), with undocking scheduled for 3:55 a.m. ET (12:55 a.m. PT). Coverage of the deorbit burn and landing begins at 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT), with the former at 6:24 a.m. ET (3:24 p.m. PT) and the latter at 7:17 a.m. ET (4:17 p.m. PT). Is scheduled for. ,

You can watch the live stream by visiting NASA’s live YouTube stream or using the embedded video near the top of this page.

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