24 Mar 2023 18:09

Damaged Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft to return to Earth on March 28 - Roscosmos

MOSCOW. March 24 (Interfax) - The unmanned descent to Earth of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft with a damaged radiator from the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for March 28, Roscosmos said on Friday.

"At today's meeting at the Roscosmos state corporation, the state commission approved the return of the Soyuz MS-22 ship from the ISS to Earth on March 28," a statement said.

The ship is slated to undock from the Rassvet small research module at 12:57 p.m. Moscow time, and its re-entry vehicle is due to land southeast of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, at 2:45 p.m. Moscow time, it said.

The cosmonauts aboard the ISS are now putting away the removable cargo in the ship's utility module and return cargo in its re-entry vehicle, it said.

"Some 218 kilograms of cargo aboard the Soyuz MS-22, including the results of scientific experiments and ISS equipment for analysis or reuse, are due to be returned to Earth," the statement said.

The Russian-U.S. crewed spaceship docked to the ISS on September 21, 2022. Its crew, Roscosmos' Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin and NASA's Frank Rubio, are due to return to Earth in the second half of this year aboard the Soyuz MS-23, which docked to the ISS on February 26.