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Record-Setting NASA astronaut and Roscosmos cosmonauts Return Home from Space Station.

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

A NASA astronaut and two Roscosmos cosmonauts are scheduled to end their mission aboard the International Space Station and return to Earth on Wednesday, March 30.

March 28, 2022: NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos cosmonauts; Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov are scheduled to conclude their Long Expeditions aboard the International Space Station and return to Earth on Wednesday, March 30.

Three Return crew members of Expedition-66 will close the hatch to the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft to begin the journey back to Earth. The Soyuz will undock from the Rassvet module, heading for a parachute-assisted landing Wednesday, March 30, on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.

Prior to the departure of MS-19, Shkaplerov will hand over command of the station to NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn during a change of command ceremony at 9:45 a.m EDT [13:45 UTC] Tuesday, March 29.


Expedition-65/66 comes under very busy schedule of Space Station, hosted three SpaceX Crew Dragon missions, Crew-1, Crew-2, and Crew-3 as well as four Soyuz flights, Soyuz MS-18, Soyuz MS-19, Soyuz MS-20 (space tourism) and Soyuz MS-21

Expedition-65 began since the departure of MS-17, The Soyuz MS-18 arrived to Station on 10 April 2021. Aboard with Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei. Two weeks later, SpaceX's Crew-2 with 4 NASA astronauts; Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet and JAXA's Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, arrived on 24 April 2021.

Prior to the departure of Crew-1, The Station Command was handed over to JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide for the Expedition-65 mission.

On 5 October 2021, Soyuz MS-19 launched, carrying Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, Spaceflight Participants; film director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild. The participants spent 12 days onboard the station as part of a movie project "vyzov" and their return exchanged to Soyuz MS-18, commanded by Oleg Novitskiy.

Pyotr Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei has got an extended mission, and officially transferred to Expedition-66.