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Feature article by Chris Gebhardt:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/09/soyuz-ms-peggy-whitson-ends-record-mission/

August 31, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-100

NASA Television to Air Return of Three International Space Station Crew Members

Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and her Expedition 52 crewmates are scheduled to depart the International Space Station and return to Earth Saturday, Sept. 2. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide complete coverage of their departure and landing.

Whitson, fellow Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will undock their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the space station at 5:58 p.m. EDT and land in Kazakhstan at 9:22 p.m. (7:22 a.m. Sept. 3, Kazakhstan time).

On Friday, Yurchikhin will hand over station command to NASA’s Randy Bresnik.

The complete schedule of return coverage is as follows (all times EDT):

2:15 p.m. – farewell and hatch closure (hatch closure at 2:40 p.m.)
5:30 p.m. – undocking (undocking at 5:58 p.m.)
8 p.m. – deorbit burn and landing (deorbit burn at 8:29 p.m. and landing at 9:22 p.m.)
11 p.m. – replay of hatch closure, undocking and landing activities
As a result of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, NASA is reviewing return plans to Houston of Whitson, Fischer and the science samples landing in the Soyuz spacecraft. The crew will participate in standard post-flight medical evaluations.

While living and working aboard the space station, the Expedition 52 crew pursued hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only orbiting laboratory.

Whitson is completing a 288-day mission that began in November 2016, spanning 122.2 million miles and 4,623 orbits of Earth – her third long-duration stay on the outpost. At the time of their landing, she will have accrued a total of 665 days in space over the course of her career, more than any American astronaut, placing her eighth on the all-time space endurance list.

Yurchikhin and Fischer, who launched in April, will complete 136 days in space. Yurchikhin will return to Earth with a total of 673 days in space on his five flights, putting him in seventh place on the all-time endurance list.

At the time of undocking, Expedition 53 will begin aboard the station under the command of Randy Bresnik. Along with his crewmates Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency), the three-person crew will operate the station until the arrival of three new crew members. Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, are scheduled to launch Sept. 12 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter:

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As a result of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, NASA plans a modified return to Houston of Whitson and Fischer and the science samples landing in the Soyuz spacecraft. The crew will participate in standard post-flight medical evaluations. Working with our International Space Station partners, NASA secured the services of ESA (European Space Agency) to return the crew from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, to Cologne, Germany.  NASA’s G-5 will depart Houston on Saturday to meet the crew and science samples in Cologne. They’re expected to return to Houston on Sunday night.  All necessary facilities onsite at NASA’s Johnson Space Center necessary to support crew and science objectives are being checked out, and readied for the return to Houston.

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/31/2017


50S Crew Departure Preparations.  In preparation for their return to Earth this weekend, the 50S Crew cleaned their Crew Quarters, stowed returning items within the Soyuz and conducted a descent drill to review undocking procedures and timelines.  50S undock is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd at 4:58PM with landing occurring in Kazakhstan’s Southern Landing Zone at 8:22PM.

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Jack Fischer‏@Astro2fish

Heading home soon… I hope I infected a few of you with my passion for space. Never stop learning and growing. I dare you to dream! #FF @NASA


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The Cosmonauts are in the standard late packing/checklist thrash discussion with Moscow.  Nice to have the UStream ISS feed back operational :)
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Rob Navias is forever a wordsmith. Introduces MCC-H by noting the "Meteorological body blow"


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It's been seven years since two Americans came back together on a Soyuz.



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ESA stepping up with their aircraft since the usual NASA bird couldn't depart Houston in time for the landing.  Surprised it hadn't been evac'd earlier...
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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2nd burn will be 15s duration







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the crew is active on the live feed but there are no translation, as usual...
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."



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Over the Falkland Islands.

Deorbit Burn underway!



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A lethargic beep beep from the Soyuz ;D



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Live video of Soyuz MS-04 under Chutes and venting (normal).



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Looks like Soyuz is on its side. That actually helps egress.


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Crew are out of the Soyuz. No sign of Peggy, although she may have been taken straight to the medical tent (understandably).




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A good one to end it on.....

Chris Gebhardt's article that focuses on this.
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/09/soyuz-ms-peggy-whitson-ends-record-mission/

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Welcome home Expedition 52!

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 Welcome back, Exp. 52!
  It's been an honor to follow the careers of Fyodor and Peggy - Thank you very much! I will look forward to what they do next, and also follow Jack with great interest! Well done to NSF, as usual, for the coverage. Landings should never be taken for granted until "Wheel- stop" or the capsule stops rockin'...

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September 03, 2017
RELEASE 17-075


NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple U.S. space records during her mission aboard the International Space Station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on Earth at 9:21 p.m. EDT Saturday (7:21 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Sunday, Sept. 3), southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

While living and working aboard the world’s only orbiting laboratory, Whitson and Fischer contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, welcomed several cargo spacecraft delivering tons of supplies and research experiments, and conducted a combined six spacewalks to perform maintenance and upgrades to the station.

Among their scientific exploits, Whitson and Fischer supported research into the physical changes to astronaut’s eyes caused by prolonged exposure to a microgravity environment. They also conducted a new lung tissue study that explored how stem cells work in the unique microgravity environment of the space station, which may pave the way for future stem cell research in space.

Additional research included an antibody investigation that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment, and the study of plant physiology and growth in space using an advanced plant habitat. NASA also attached the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Investigation (ISS CREAM) on the outside of the space station in August, which is now observing cosmic rays coming from across the galaxy.

The crew members received a total of seven cargo deliveries during their mission. A Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle launched to the space station in December 2016 delivering new lithium-ion batteries that were installed using a combination of robotics and spacewalks. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the station in April on the company's seventh commercial resupply mission. Three SpaceX Dragon spacecraft completed commercial resupply missions to the station in February, June and August. And, Russian ISS Progress cargo spacecraft docked to the station in February and June.

Whitson’s return marks the completion of a 288-day mission that began last November and spanned 122.2 million miles and 4,623 orbits of the Earth – her third long-duration mission on the station. During her latest mission, Whitson performed four spacewalks, bringing her career total to 10. With a total of 665 days in space, Whitson holds the U.S. record and places eighth on the all-time space endurance list.

Fischer, who launched in April, completed 136 days in space, during which he conducted the first and second spacewalks of his career. Yurchikhin, who launched with Fischer, now has a total of 673 days in space, putting him seventh place on the all-time endurance list.

Expedition 53 continues operating the station, with Randy Bresnik of NASA in command, and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) serving as flight engineers. The three-person crew will operate the station until the arrival of NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos. Vande Hei, Acaba and Misurkin are scheduled to launch Sept. 12 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter at:

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, and NASA astronaut Jack Fischer undergo routine initial medical checks after returning from their mission aboard the International Space Station at 9:21 p.m. EDT Saturday (7:21 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Sunday, Sept. 3), landing southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
Credits: NASA TV
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ESA RETRIEVES NASA ASTRONAUTS WITH NEW PROCEDURE IN WAKE OF HURRICANE

3 September 2017

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson returned to Earth this morning after their stay on the International Space Station, landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan. From there, Jack and Peggy flew to ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

One of the consequences of the devastating hurricane Harvey was the delayed take-off for NASA’s G5 plane out of Houston. In order to cope with this delay and start with postflight science as soon as possible, ESA and NASA worked out an exceptional plan: an ESA plane would retrieve the two NASA astronauts in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and bring them back directly to Cologne, home of ESA’s astronaut centre. They landed safely in Germany at 14:30 CEST today.

After a couple of hours in Cologne for basic medical checks and initial science activities, Peggy and Jack will board the NASA aircraft and depart for Houston.

NASA and ESA medical teams are ensuring as many research experiments can be completed with this change of protocol.

ESA’s Director General Jan Woerner says: “Spaceflight is a global endeavour and partnerships created by the International Space Station extend beyond space back to Earth.

“Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by Harvey, our American colleagues and their friends and families. We welcome Jack and Peggy as citizens of Earth and will do everything to make them feel comfortable while ensuring the science continues until they can continue their voyage home.”

Jack, Peggy and Fyodor leave behind ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and Roscosmos astronaut Sergei Ryazansky who will maintain the Space Station and continue running scientific experiments. Mission control centres including Johnson Space Center remain operational.

The next trio to visit are already gearing up for launch on 12 September. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will join Russian commander Alexander Misurkin in their Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft.
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Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson will be arriving at Houston shortly...

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA5
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Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson will be arriving at Houston shortly...

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA5

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After 136 days in space for @Astro2fish & 289 days for @AstroPeggy, they arrived home to Houston's Ellington Field: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/three-international-space-station-crewmates-safely-return-to-earth

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September 04, 2017
RELEASE 17-076
President Trump Welcomes Home Record-breaking NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson

NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer received a special welcome as they were flying home to Houston Sunday evening. President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Whitson and Fischer on a NASA plane following Whitson’s record-breaking mission to the International Space Station.

Whitson, Fischer, and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, landed back on Earth Saturday in Kazakhstan. She and Fischer flew to NASA Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field Sunday.

 

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer talks on the phone with President Donald Trump as Fischer flew on a NASA plane to Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field in Houston Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Fischer, NASA’s Peggy Whitson, and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, landed back on Earth at 9:22 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 in Kazakhstan following their long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station. During the phone call, President Trump congratulated Fischer on his accomplishments on his first spaceflight, and Whitson for her record breaking mission.

Credits: NASA/Dan Huot

“I want to congratulate Peggy and Jack for their incredible accomplishments. They make us all very proud,” said President Trump.  “Exploration has always been at the core of who we are as Americans, and their brave contributions to human spaceflight have continued that great tradition.”

Whitson’s records are:

    She is the U.S. astronaut who has spent the most cumulative time in space with a total of 665 days during three long-duration missions.
    She is the only female astronaut to command the station twice. During her second mission, she became the first woman to command the space station. During this mission, she became the first woman to command the space station twice -- she was station commander from April 9 through June 1.
    She is the female astronaut who has spent the longest time in orbit during a single spaceflight -- 288 days.
    She holds multiple spacewalking records: completing the most total spacewalks – 10; and most total spacewalking time -- 60 hours, 21 minutes -- for a woman; and having the third most spacewalking time for any spacefarer (a cosmonaut is first and former NASA Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is second).

“Peggy is an inspiration to us all,” said President Trump, “especially to young women interested in or currently pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

This was the president’s second call with the two astronauts. On April 24, when Whitson officially set the U.S. record for most cumulative days in space, Whitson and Fischer received a celebratory phone call from President Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins from the Oval Office.

“I appreciate President Trump reaching out personally to congratulate Peggy for her record breaking mission and Jack for his accomplishments on his first spaceflight," said acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. “The president has had the opportunity to hear from Peggy and Jack first-hand how the work aboard the International Space Station is directly pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, and advancing American leadership in the boundless frontier of space. I want to add my thanks to the teams on the ground across the globe, especially in Houston, who are dealing with the aftermath of a Harvey, yet still maintained the focus to get Peggy and Jack home safely. It is an amazing team."

For images of Whitson and Fischer’s return to Earth, visit
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https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=43666.0;attach=1445881;sess=298

Take a look at the picture in Reply #62 above, where people are approaching the capsule from the helicopters, led by the guy in white with the radios.  Is that a parachute cover from the capsule being blown around?

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That's a nice catch of the photographer - i think it is the antenna cover which is pyrtechnical removed to let the antenna spring free some time after landing. Thats why the experienced man in the background wants the others to stay back until this event happened.
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That's a nice catch of the photographer - i think it is the antenna cover which is pyrtechnical removed to let the antenna spring free some time after landing. Thats why the experienced man in the background wants the others to stay back until this event happened.
Ah, got it, thanks!  I was confused by the tele-photo effect and thought that the cover was farther away and being blown by the helicopter wash.  As soon as I saw your post it was obvious that he caught just as it was blown off the capsule!  Somewhere on this site, I've seen the instructions on how to deal with a landed Soyuz.  It included the warnings about the radioactive altimeters, the antenna pyros and where there's a hatch crank stashed away for rescuers to use!

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September 06, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-104

NASA Astronauts Back From Space, Available To Talk With Media

NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, who returned to Earth on Sept. 2 after spending months aboard the International Space Station, will take part in a news conference to discuss their mission at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 11. The hour-long event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Media may attend the event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston or participate by phone. To attend the briefing, U.S. media must request credentials from the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. To participate by phone, media must call the Johnson newsroom no later than 10:40 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11.

Although Whitson and Fischer returned to Earth together, they arrived at the space station separately. Whitson launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 17 and spent more than nine months in space. She now holds the U.S. record for cumulative time in space, with 665 days in orbit during three long-duration missions. She originally was scheduled to return to Earth in June, but her mission was extended in March, thereby increasing the amount of valuable astronaut time available for hundreds of experiments she and her crewmates participated in. She also has spent the longest time in orbit during a single spaceflight – 288 days on this mission – than any other female astronaut.

In addition, Whitson holds the records for most spacewalks and time spent spacewalking by a female astronaut -- 10 spacewalks totaling 60 hours and 21 minutes. Whitson was the first woman to command the space station and, during this mission, she became the first woman to command the station twice – a position she held from April 9 through June 1.

Fischer launched to the space station on April 20 and spent 136 days in orbit on his first space mission, during which he took part in two spacewalks that total just under seven hours.

While living and working aboard the world’s only orbiting laboratory, Whitson and Fischer contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, welcomed several cargo spacecraft delivering tons of supplies and research experiments, and conducted a combined six spacewalks to perform maintenance and upgrades to the station.

Follow Whitson on social media at:

https://twitter.com/astropeggy

https://www.facebook.com/NASAastronautPeggyWhitson

https://astropeggy.tumblr.com/

Follow Fischer on social media at:

https://twitter.com/Astro2fish

https://www.facebook.com/Astro2fish

https://www.instagram.com/astro2fish/

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September 03, 2017
RELEASE 17-075
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple U.S. space records during her mission aboard the International Space Station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on Earth at 9:21 p.m. EDT Saturday (7:21 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Sunday, Sept. 3), southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

Has a distance SE of Dzhezkazgan been announced?

Also, I thought that the transliteration "Jezkazgan" was now favoured.

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Has a distance SE of Dzhezkazgan been announced?
http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/sojuz_mc04/shema_spusk.htm
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NASA Astronauts Back From Space, Talk with Media

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Published on Sep 11, 2017

NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, who returned to Earth on Sept. 2 after spending months aboard the International Space Station, discussed their mission during a news conference on Sept. 11 at the agency’s Johnson Space Center.

Although Whitson and Fischer returned to Earth together, they arrived at the space station separately. Whitson launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 17 and spent more than nine months in space. She now holds the U.S. record for cumulative time in space, with 665 days in orbit during three long-duration missions. Fischer launched to the space station on April 20 and spent 136 days in orbit on his first space mission, during which he took part in two spacewalks that total just under seven hours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj8LfEpw_o0?t=001

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