The ISS Expedition 62 Crew is Coming Home, and NASA TV Will Cover It.

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This Is the Last Week in Space for the ISS Expedition 62 Crew.

NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, along with Commander Oleg Skripochka of Rosmocos (Russia’s space agency) are preparing to come home. They all spent the better part of a year aboard the International Space Station as the ISS Expedition 62 crew. And now, after over 200 days for each, they make ready to say goodbye to their home above home. 

On Thursday evening (EDT) the trio will board a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft. At 6:30 pm, they’ll close the hatches. After they do all of their checks, they’ll undock from the ISS at 9:53 pm, Then, it’s a three-hour journey before they land under parachutes in Kazakhstan. NASA TV will air the landing live starting at 12:00 am (EDT) on Friday. If you’re on the East coast, it may be a bit late for you, but never fear, NASA always posts these events on YouTube afterward. Those of us on the West coast can watch at 9 pm Thursday night. Sometimes I really love the way time works!

Changing Command

Currently, the ISS Expedition 62 crew has a few extra members. NASA astronaut Com. Chris Cassidy, along with Rosmocos crewmates Anatoli Ivanishnin and Ivan Vagner are under Com. Skripochka’s command until the official change of command ceremony on Wednesday, April 15th. At that time, Com. Cassidy will assume command and Expedition 62 will officially come to an end. NASA TV will air that ceremony at 4:55 pm EDT

Extraordinary Circumstances

ISS Expedition 62 Crew

Jessica Meir and Com. Skripochka got to the ISS in late September and will have spent 202 days in space when they depart. Morgan got to the ISS in July of 2019, and he’ll have spent 272 days in space. During that time, they’ve seen the Earth from a totally different perspective. And they’re definitely coming back to an Earth that’s changed. They may, in fact, be the safest humans alive at the moment. And they’re 254 miles above the Earth in David Bowie’s proverbial “tin can.” 

In a recent press conference, both Morgan and Meir expressed concerns about not being able to hug loved ones and being in quarantine. Meir even mentioned that she suspects she’ll have felt more connected as part of the ISS Expedition 62 crew than she will when she gets home because at least in the space station they weren’t isolated from one another. All of this, of course, is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the planet at the time of this publication. So while Meir, Morgan, and Com. Skripochka are all eager to be home and see their families, it’s doubtful it’ll be the homecoming they pictured when they first left Earth.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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