Roscosmos is about to bring the longest ISS-staying NASA astronaut, Vande Hei, back to Earth. This is a relief since many issues recently appeared because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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Russia’s Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft carrying the members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 56/57, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and German astronaut Alexander Gerst, blasts off to the ISS from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on June 6, 2018.
Once Mark T. Vande Hei returns to the planet, he will hold the title for the longest American spaceflight. After he leaves the International Space Station, his stay there will total 355 days.
He arrived at the ISS back on April 9, 2021. Because of this, he was not able to attend their family gatherings and other bonding activities. But, he will soon meet his family once he returns to Earth.
Roscosmos To Bring Back Vande Hei! Where To Watch?
According to Mashable‘s latest report, Vande Hei is expected to return to Earth on Wednesday, Mar. 30, at exactly 6:15 a.m. ET.
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The Intenational Space Station crew members: Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba are seen inside the Soyuz MS-06 space capsule shortly after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, on February 28, 2018.
He will ride Roscosmos’ Soyuz rocket. For those who are interested in watching his landing, they can visit NASA Gov’s official website.
On this page, you will see all the upcoming space activities of the international space union. When it comes to Vande Hei’s return, NASA said that the livestream would start at around 11:30 p.m. ET on Mar. 29.
On the other hand, Bill Nelson, the current NASA Administrator, said that the return of the American astronaut is now ensured.
“The professional relationship between the astronauts and cosmonauts onboard the station, as well as the professional relationship between mission control in both Houston and Moscow, continues unaltered,” added Nelson.
Two Cosmonauts Will Accompany Vande Hei
Aside from the NASA astronaut, two cosmonauts, Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, will join Vande Hei as he returns to Earth.
The upcoming space mission is expected to show that the relationship between Roscosmos and NASA is still in a peaceful state and will continue to be in the forthcoming years.
Recently, many issues arose because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Roscosmos’ head, Dmitry Rogozin, even threatened the U.S. that they have the option to de-orbit the International Space Station.
Of course, this didn’t happen. Right now, Roscosmos and NASA are still working together to explore the mysteries of the universe further.
Last month, Roscosmos warned that the U.S. sanctions could affect the current ISS cooperation.
After a few days, Elon Musk decided to join in, saying that he would save the ISS for possible de-orbiting using SpaceX.
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