7 October 2009

Mike Barratt landing in Kazakhstan on Sunday morning

NASA astronaut (and Beagle Project collaborator) Mike Barratt will land this weekend in Kazakhstan following seven busy months aboard the International Space Station, but he won't be grounded for long, as he's just been assigned to the final flight of the Space Shuttle, scheduled for the end of 2010!

I've had the great pleasure and honour of speaking to Mike several times by phone while he's been aboard the station and I can tell you that while he's looking forward to coming home and seeing his family, he will miss life on station, especially the views of Earth from up there, of which he never grows tired.

Watch a live on NASA TV:

October 9, Friday
  • 3 - 3:15 p.m. - Expedition 21/20 Change of Command Ceremony
October 10, Saturday
  • 5:30 p.m. - ISS Expedition 20/Spaceflight Participant Farewells and Hatch Closure (Farewells and Hatch Closure scheduled at 6 p.m.)
  • 8:45 p.m. - ISS Expedition 20/Spaceflight Participant Undocking from ISS (Undocking scheduled at 9:05 p.m.)
  • 11:15 p.m. - ISS Expedition 20/Spaceflight Participant Deorbit Burn and Landing in Kazakhstan (Deorbit burn scheduled at 11:36 p.m.; Landing scheduled at 12:28 a.m. Oct. 11)
(Eastern time)

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