Three ISS Crew Members Getting Ready to Return Overnight (EDT)
Three International Space Station crew members are getting ready to return to Earth overnight, with undocking scheduled for 12:53 am July 1 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), about 7 hours from now. Landing is expected in Kazakhstan at about 4:15 am EDT.
NASA's Don Pettit, Russia's Oleg Kononenko, and Europe's Andre Kuipers will return on their SoyuzTMA-03M spacecraft after about 6 months on ISS. Three replacements are scheduled for launch on July 14 -- NASA's Suni Williams, Russia's Yuri Malenchenko, and Japan's Aki Hoshide.
The ISS usually has six crew aboard, but during these crew rotations, only three staff the station for a couple of weeks. The three who are remaining on ISS and will greet the new crew two weeks from now are NASA's Joe Acaba and Russia's Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin.
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