Expedition 25 Crew Expected To Touch Down Thanksgiving Day
NASA Television plans to air the Thanksgiving Day return to
Earth of three crew members from the International Space Station
and the preparation, launch and docking of the newest trio of
station residents three weeks later.
Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA Expedition 25 Commander
Doug Wheelock and NASA Flight Engineer Shannon Walker are scheduled
to land in the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft on the northern steppe of
Kazakhstan on Nov. 25 (Nov. 26 local time).
On Dec. 15, Soyuz Commander Dmitry Kondratyev, NASA Flight
Engineer Cady Coleman and European Space Agency Flight Engineer
Paolo Nespoli will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft (Dec. 16 Baikonur time).
They will join NASA Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Russian
Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, who have
been aboard the station since early October.
Expedition 23 Return
Wheelock will hand over command of the station to Kelly at 1500
CST on Nov. 24. Kelly will be the first astronaut to have commanded
both a space shuttle mission and the station.