Crew 4 has arrived at the space station, and Crew 3 is preparing to return to Earth. When will this be?
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 28 April 2022, at 02:53 am Los Angeles time
Crew 4 arrived safely at the space station last night, an hour later than previously announced by NASA. They arrived around 09:15 EDT, instead of 08:15 EDT.
Mission Commander Kjell Lindgren, Pilot Bob Hines and Mission Specialist Jessica Watkins, and Mission Specialist Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) are currently on the ISS with Crew 3, which is expected to return to Earth most likely next week.
Crew 3 or Expedition 67 consists of Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, all from NASA, Matthias Maurer from ESA, and cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Sergey Korsakov, and Denis Matveev from Roscosmos.
According to a provisional program by NASA and SpaceX, the members of Crew 3 should undock around May 4, 2022, and if the weather is favorable, they will land on Earth on May 5, 2022.
This is just a temporary program, and NASA will announce more about bringing Crew 3 to Earth in the coming days.
And if Crew 3 has only a week to spend on the International Space Station, Crew 4 has only just begun a mission of almost half a year.
Since Crew 4 is a space station science mission, then we should expect new scientific experiments and new results from this expedition.
Where will you be able to watch Crew 3 undocking and landing/splashdown on Earth?
NASA has not released many details about bringing Crew 3 back to Earth, but most likely the space agency will broadcast live either the undock or the landing/splashdown that Crew 3 will do next week.