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MOSCOW, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – Three crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) will return back to Earth aboard Russia’s Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft on September 11, a Russian mission control center spokesman said Wednesday.
The spacecraft will carry Roscosmos cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin and NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy, who arrived at the ISS in March.
"The undocking of the Soyuz-TMA-08M from the ISS is scheduled for 3:34 Moscow time on September 11 [GMT 23:34, September 10]. The landing capsule with two cosmonauts and one astronaut is due to touch the ground later in the day, at 6:59 Moscow time [2:59 GMT], in Kazakhstan,”
After the departure, the ISS crew will comprise Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, and astronauts Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency.
They will be joined by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, who will blast off for the station in a Soyuz-TMA10M spacecraft at 00:58 Moscow time on September 26 (GMT 20:58, September 25).
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