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Soyuz MS-19 landed with the Record-Setting Astronaut and Crew

The trio departed the International Space Station and made a safe, parachute-assisted landing at Kazakhstan

Credit: NASA/ Bill Ingalls
soyuz ms-19 landing

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at 14:28:03 Moscow time (11:28:03 UTC), the descent vehicle of the Soyuz MS-19 manned spacecraft, which had separated about four hours before the International Space Station, landed on the calculated steppe area in the municipality of Dzhezkazgan, on the territory of Kazakhstan. Roscosmos crew Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, as well as NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, returned to Earth.

The Return Plan; All de-orbit and landing operations took place nominally, and the crew is in good health condition. The Soyuz spacecraft separated from the Rassvet research module from the station's Russian segment at 10:21 am Moscow time [07:21 UTC]. The Service module's SKD propulsion system functioned nominally and was switched on for braking at 1:34 pm Moscow time [10:34 UTC], after which the spacecraft began to slow down its velocity and starts to deorbit. Shortly afterward, the Soyuz split into its three compartments, and the crew in the descent vehicle experienced forces of about four times of earth's gravity.

Today, Two Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov will be flown by special aircraft to Aerodrom Chkalovskiy in the Moscow region and then to the Zvezdniy Gorodok aka Star City Pre-Launch and Post-flight Rehabilitation Training Complex for cosmonauts.