Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2000
MirCorp's historic commercially-funded mission to Mir is nearing its end. On June 15, cosmonauts Sergei Zalyotin and Alexander Kalery will board their Soyuz TM-30 manned transport vehicle, closing the hatch to the space station until the next MirCorp mission. They will undock in the evening hours of June 15 and will touch down in Kazakhstan in the early morning of June 16. Below is a scheduled timeline of their return.
Event Date Time (GMT)
Soyuz TM-30 hatch closing June 15, 19:10:00
Soyuz TM-30 undocking from Mir June 15, 21:22:00
Soyuz TM-30 deorbit burn (four minutes) June 15, 23:52:02
Soyuz TM-30 landing June 16, 00:43:50
The landing is targeted 46 km from the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. Upon landing, cosmonauts Sergei Zalyotin and Alexander Kalery will have spent 73 days (approximately 1,744 hours) onboard the Mir space station and approximately 53 hours in the Soyuz TM-30 vehicle.
While onboard Mir, the cosmonauts will have orbited the Earth 1,110 times, with an additional 34 orbits in the Soyuz TM-30 vehicle.
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