If all goes well the cargo ship Progress 58 will leave the International Space Station this morning at 10:19 UTC (06:19 EDT).
The Progress 58 will undock from the Zvezda Service Module and after several hours will be deorbited by Russian controllers. Shortly after the deorbit Progress 58 will interface with the atmosphere and burn up over the Pacific Ocean.
NASA will initiate television coverage at 10:00 UTC / 6:00 EDT.
Streaming video can be found at NASA TV and hopefully here:
We see the International Space Station against the full moon during an transit. Click the image to see the full image (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) I have tried numerous times to get a shot of ISS during transit and have never quite pulled it off, something always foiled the effort. I really appreciate the good ones.
A replay of the 23 July docking of the Expedition 44 Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station.
The Soyuz spacecraft ferried Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and flight engineers Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui to the ISS in just six hours after being launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The International Space Station crew moved into the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station as a precautionary move. There was a bit of space debris in the vicinity. The debris, reportedly a piece of an old Russian weather observation satellite passed safely by the station and just minutes ago (about 12:05) was given the “All Clear”.
The crew is now in the process of opening hatches and getting back to work.
Samantha Cristoforetti is all smiles on her return to Earth. I enjoyed following her activities during her stay aboard the ISS.
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed safely on 11 June 2015 in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex.
Terry Virtz, Anton Shkaplerov, and Samantha Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews.