Monday, May 23, 2011

Historic day! Soyuz TMA-20 - Undocking, Fly-around, & Landing

Today will be a historic day in International Space Station (ISS) history. When the Soyuz TMA-20 undocks today for it's return to Earth, they will do an ISS fly-around capturing Space Shuttle Endeavour docked to the ISS. There was talk of trying this unique opportunity during STS-133, but an agreement could not be reached with the ISS partners.

Below you will find, NASA TV and video feeds for the Soyuz TMA-20 undocking and landing coverage. Followed the NASA briefing discussing the Soyuz undocking and fly-arround, as wells as the a fly-around animation video. Then you will find some information on the Soyuz TMA-20 as well as some helpful links.

Here is NASA TV's schedule (summarized) for the undocking/landing coverage (all times are Central):

Monday, May 23 
  • 2:30 p.m. – Soyuz TMA-20 crew farewells and hatch closure (3 p.m.) coverage 
  • 5:45 p.m. – Undocking (6:06 p.m.) coverage 
  • 8:15 p.m. – Deorbit burn (8:35 p.m.) and landing (9:26 p.m.) coverage 
Tuesday, May 24
  • 5 a.m. – Video File of landing and post-landing activities 
  • 11 a.m. – Video File of the landing and post-landing activities, including post-landing interview and return to Chkalovsky Airfield, Star City, Russia 
NASA TV's Ustream Feed:

Spaceflight Now LiveStream Coverage:

Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at

NASA Briefing: "Unique Photo Op in Space Set for Monday:

Soyuz TMA-20 Fly-around Animation:

Soyuz TMA-20
Launched: December 15th, 2010
Landing (expected): May 23rd, 2011
Highlights: Arrival of JAXA's HTV2, ESA's ATV2, STS-133, & STS-134 (with AMS)

Subject: Soyuz TMA-20 Rollout
Credit: NASA(?)
Subject: Soyuz TMA-20 / Expedition 26/27 Launch
Credit: NASA (?)
Subject: Soyuz TMA-20 - Approach to ISS
Credti: NASA
Click here >>> Wikipedia Link to Soyuz TMA-20

Dmitri Kondratyev, Commander, Roscosmos
Catherine "Caddy" Coleman, FE-1, NASA
Paolo Nespoli, FE-2, ESA

Subject: Soyuz TMA-20 and Expedition 26/27 crew
Credit: NASA
Click here >>> NASA Link to Expedition 27 Crew Info
Click here >>> ESA's/Paolo Nespoli Flickr Page

Subject: "Expedition 27 is done!"
Credit: NASA/ESA
Subject: "Moonrise"
Credit: NASA/ESA
Helpful Links:
Soyuz TMA-20 Rollout
Soyuz TMA-20 Launch
ESA ATV2 Information
Arianepace ATV2 Launch
JAXA HTV2 Information
AMS Information
NASA Soyuz Landing Coverage Soyuz Article Dual Docked Operations/Fly-Around Article

Thanks for reading!

- Aaron

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