Watch Live as the Crew of ISS Expedition 62 Returns

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They’re closing the hatches, Then in a few hours, the crew of ISS Expedition 62 Returns to Earth.

We’ve made a lot of the change of command happening this week aboard the ISS. Partially because it’s always monumental when a new team takes command of the space station. But this one is a bit more unique, in that the crew of  ISS Expedition 62 returns to a planet that is significantly different than the one they left. NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka (Rosmocos) came aboard the ISS back in September of last year. They’ve each spent 202 days aboard the space station. Meir, for her part, also made history as half of the first all-female spacewalk crew in history. The other Expedition 62 crew member is NASA’s Andrew Morgan. Morgan arrived at the ISS back in July and is on his 272nd day in space. 

When it comes to coming home, all three crew members have expressed uncertainty about the world to which they’re returning. All have been in space since before the outbreak of COVID-19 and the pandemic’s hold on the world. In an earlier interview, Meir said she actually thinks she’ll feel more isolated at home than she did aboard the ISS because at least in the ISS you have your crewmates next to you. Not much social distancing up there amongst each other. 

Here’s another interview Meir did with NPR about how she’ll feel when the Expedition 62 Crew Returns (7 min.)

Regardless of how the world looks now, however, one has to imagine that each space explorer assigned to the ISS is anxious to see some familiar surroundings, even if they can’t have close contact with familiar people. 

Watch The Return Trip Live!

Courtesy of NASA TV, the hatch closing ceremony, undocking, and landing are all covered in this link. The first started at 3 pm EDT, the next will be at 6 pm EDT, and finally footage fo the landing will stream starting at midnight (EDT). You can watch it all below!

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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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