NASA Sets Coverage for Scott Kelly’s Return From Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko marked their 300th consecutive day aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 21, 2016. The pair will land March 1 after spending a total of 340 days in space. (Credits: NASA)
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko marked their 300th consecutive day aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 21, 2016. The pair will land March 1 after spending a total of 340 days in space. (Credits: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA Television will provide complete coverage Tuesday, March 1, as three crew members depart the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos – the station’s first one-year crew.

NASA Television coverage will begin at 3:10 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 29, when Kelly hands over command of the station to fellow NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. Coverage continues through Kelly’s return to Houston Wednesday and post-flight briefings on Friday. Complete coverage is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 29

  • 3:10 p.m. — Change of command ceremony (Scott Kelly hands over space station command to Tim Kopra)

Tuesday, March 1

  • 4:15 p.m. — Farewell and hatch closure coverage; hatch closure scheduled at 4:40 p.m.
  • 7:45 p.m. — Undocking coverage; undocking scheduled at 8:05 p.m.
  • 10:15 p.m. — Deorbit burn and landing coverage; deorbit burn scheduled at 10:34 p.m., with landing at 11:27 p.m. (10:27 a.m. on March 2, Kazakhstan time)

Wednesday, March 2

  • 1:30 a.m. — Video file of hatch closure, undocking and landing activities
  • 11:45 p.m. — Live coverage of Kelly’s Return to Houston (based on current landing and transportation plans). Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John P. Holdren, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Kelly’s identical twin brother and former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly will be in Houston to welcome Kelly home. The event will be pooled press only.

Friday, March 4

  • 11 a.m. –NASA scientists and medical doctors from NASA’s Johnson Space Center will answer questions about the science behind the one-year mission on Reddit.com. Submit questions at http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA. 
  • 1 p.m. — Media Briefing: Key members from NASA’s science community will discuss the research accomplishments and the next steps for the more than 400 experiments that took place during Kelly’s year in space. The briefing participants are:
    • Julie Robinson, International Space Station Program chief scientist
    • John Charles, Human Research Program associate manager for international science
    • Mark Kelly, brother to Scott Kelly, Twins Study participant and former NASA astronaut
  • 2 p.m — Media Briefing: Scott Kelly will share his personal perspective on the mission and answer questions about his time at the space station. To participate in the news conferences from a NASA facility, U.S. media must call that location’s public affairs office by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3. To participate by phone, media must call the Johnson newsroom no later than 15 minutes before each briefing. Those following the briefing on social media may ask questions using the hashtag #askNASA.

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