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Expedition 26 Lands; Expedition 27 Unpacks Robonaut 2

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:55 am via: NASA
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Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan Wednesday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Kaleri, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 12:27 a.m. EDT from the station’s Poisk module. The trio landed at 3:54 a.m. (1:54 p.m. local time) at a site northeast of the town of Arkalyk.

The trio launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 7. As members of the Expedition 25 and 26 crews, they spent 159 days in space, 157 of them aboard the station.

Expedition 27 Commander and Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency remain aboard the station.

Kondratyev, Coleman and Nespoli had an opportunity to catch up on some rest Wednesday as they shift back to normal operations after the Soyuz departure.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Nespoli and Coleman unpacked Robonaut 2 from its packing crate. Robonaut 2 is a human-like robot that was delivered to the station by the STS-133 crew of space shuttle Discovery in February. The robot will teach engineers how dexterous robots behave in space and through upgrades and advancements could one day venture outside the station to help spacewalkers make repairs or additions to the station or perform scientific work.

A new trio of Expedition 27 flight engineers, NASA astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome no earlier than March 29.

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