Coverage of Commander Hadfield's Return to Earth

Jessica Johnston
13 May 2013

Liveblog from the day, including photos & tweets from the event, begins under the video which shows compiled coverage of the event!

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11:15 PM ET - So ends our coverage of tonight's soyuz landing. Thanks everyone who followed along with us!

10:54 PM ET - Commander Hadfield is the last to emerge from Soyuz - everyone is back & safe. Welcome back astronauts!

Chris Hadfield Chris Hadfield

10:45 PM ET - Video now showing crew extraction!

10:36 PM ET

The crew reports they are feeling good!

— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) May 14, 2013

10:33 PM ET - First helicopter on ground to extract the crew.

10:31 PM ET -Soyuz has landed!


10:27 PM ET - 2 1/2 minutes til landing!


10:20 PM ET - Parachute successfully deployed & first images from rescue crews coming in of Soyuz's approach!

10:16 PM ET - Parachute about to open!

10:07 PM ET -Module separation was successful, re-entry in progress.

10:00 PM ET - 5 minutes to module separation, 30 minutes til landing!

9:55 PM ET - Soyuz reaching outer limit of current communications - audio dropping - as module separation approaches in little under 10 minutes.

9:45 PM ET - Successful deorbit burn. Orbital module is automatically depressurizing itself and preparing for return!

9:40 PM ET

Soyuz de-orbit burn is underway. No turning back now, they're coming back to earth now! At least somewhere on the planet.

— Jeremy R. Hansen (@Astro_Jeremy) May 14, 2013

This de-orbit burn slows the capsule by 450km/h. After that the remaining 27500km/h is taken care of by atmospheric drag and the parachute.

— Jeremy R. Hansen (@Astro_Jeremy) May 14, 2013

Soyuz burn starts now, and will last for about 4m 45s. It will slow the capsule and drop it enough that Earth’s air will take over braking.

— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) May 14, 2013

9:32 PM ET - About 5 minutes away from the deorbit burn which will slow them enough to drop them out of orbit & back to earth.

9:31 PM ET - Retrograde burn deceases the speed of Soyuz to about 128 meters / second, allowing it to drop out of orbit.

9:20 PM ET - Coverage resumes! About 1 hr 10 min to landing. Deorbit burn coming shortly.

7:23 PM ET - Next main batch of coverage will occur at 9:15 ET with the deorbit burn.

7:15 PM ET - The Soyuz will get to a distance about 12 km away over the next few hours, before it starts looking at descending.

7:10 PM ET - Now they must do a 15 second burn to move further away from the ISS - moving at half a meter per second now.

7:08 PM ET - Soyuz is now physically separated from the ISS

7:05 PM ET - Soyuz has been given the undocking command!

7:03 PM ET -Final checks & inspections happening.

6:51 PM ET - Undocking is currently still scheduled for 7:08 ET. All three astronauts are suited up, leak tests done on the suits.

6:49 PM ET - 166 days total for Chris Hadfield in space between his various trips.

6:47 PM ET - Finally getting to see the hatch closure film from earlier!

6:45 PM ET -Coverage resumes as we prepare for undocking.

4:16 PM ET - NASA coverage on hold until the video of the hatch closure is available.

4:11 PM ET - Standing by to see if the video of the hatch closure is on its way!

4:06 PM ET - Now working on depressurization of the vestibule and the hatch leak tests.

4:00 PM ET - Autonomous power now running in Soyuz!

3:52 PM ET - Due to their current position in space the hatch closure is not live, but they're recording & will broadcast later. They're now in the descent module & the main hatch is closed. Next major step is to transfer the Soyuz to autonomous power, then do testing, and finally undocking. Undocking is scheduled for 6:08 central time / 7:08 ET.

3:50 PM ET - Standing by for call to proceed!

3:44 PM ET - 3 fixed wing aircraft, 8 helicopters, 6 all terrain vehicles - amazing how many hands on the ground there are for recovery!

3:42 PM ET - the special 'codename' for the Soyuz coming back is the russian for 'Sail'. Still on track for 3:50 launch but will not have live coverage of the door opening ceremony due to satellite positioning

3:34 PM ET - watching the handover from yesterday again now.

3:32 PM ET- 61 million miles has been travelled while he's up there - wow! We're going to have 20 minutes or so before the ceremony starts.

3:30 PM ET- Coverage now beginning!

Jessica Johnston

Jessica Johnston is the Manager for CurioCity & Web Strategy.  She started out in science (biology) before moving to IT, and now works with both! Passionate about promoting the awesome possibilities of both fields, she is also an admitted web geek.

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