Posted on June 26, 2012 by maria
André’s ride home: Soyuz TMA-03 spacecraft
A view of the Soyuz TMA-03M that is set to return ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his crewmates Don Pettit and Oleg Kononenko to Earth on Sunday morning. Posted on Flickr, André writes in the caption: “I will return in this Soyuz. From 28.000 to 0 km/h. Middle portion has a heat shield. The round section at the top and the section with the solar panels will burn up.”
The Soyuz TMA-03M is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station at 06:48 CEST (04:48 UT) on 1 July. Landing in the Kazakhstan Steppe will follow at around 10:14 CEST (08:14 UT).
More photos from the PromISSe Mission in André’s Flickr photostream