September 11, 2015 12:07 pm

Three members from space station to return to Earth Friday

Three International Space Station crew members are set to return aboard the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft, which has been docked to the station since March.

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One astronaut and two visitors to the International Space Station will be heading home Friday.

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and visiting crew members Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency and Andres Mogensen of the European Space Agency will leave the International Space Station Friday afternoon eastern time.

Padalka has been on the space station for 168 days, while the visiting pair just spent 10 days in space.

The trio will enter the capsule at 1:45 p.m. EDT and the hatch is scheduled to close at 2 p.m. Their capsule will then undock at 5:29 p.m. EDT with a deorbit burn at 7:30 p.m.

Their Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled to land in Kazakhstan at 8:51 p.m. EDT.

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