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Soyuz wave off

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Because inclement weather would hinder recovery efforts at the landing zone northeast of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federal Space Agency has decided to postpone Thursday's landing of Expedition 34 and its Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The crew now will depart the International Space Station on Friday, March 15. 

› Listen to the landing delay call from mission control (25 MB mp3) 

Russian meteorologists continue to monitor the weather across the Kazakh steppe. 

Commander Kevin Ford of NASA, Russian Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Russian Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin are now scheduled to undock their Soyuz spacecraft from the station at 7:43 p.m. EDT on Friday, heading for a landing in Kazakhstan northeast of the remote town of Arkalyk at 11:06 p.m. They will have spent 144 days in space since launching from Kazakhstan Oct. 23. 

When the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 35 will begin aboard the station under the command of Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency. On Wednesday, Ford ceremonially passed the helm to Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the station. Hadfield and his crewmates, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, will tend to the station for two weeks until the arrival of three new crew members: NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin. 

NASA TV coverage of the Expedition 34 crew departure begins at 4 p.m. as the crew members bid their farewells and close the hatches between the vehicles at about 4:25 p.m. NASA TV undocking coverage begins at 7:15 p.m. Deorbit and landing coverage begins at 9:45 p.m. and will continue until the crew is safely in the medical tent at the landing site. 

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