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The Soyuz TMA-09M Spacecraft Departs the Station

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft departs from the International Space Station’s Zvezda Service Module and heads toward a landing near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Nov. 11, 2013 (Kazakh time). Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 37 commander; along with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, both flight engineers, are ending a five-and-a-half month stay at the space station where they served as members of the Expedition 36 and 37 crews.

At 3:09 p.m. EST, hatches closed between the International Space Station and Soyuz TMA-09M. Expedition 37 crew members Karen Nyberg, Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikin and Luca Parmitano are preparing to undock at 6:26 p.m. EST.

When the Soyuz spacecraft undocks, Expedition 38 will begin under the command of cosmonaut Oleg Kotov.

NASA Television will air live coverage of undocking beginning at 6 p.m. The deorbit burn is targeted for 8:55 p.m. and will lead to a landing at 9:49 p.m. southeast of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. NASA TV coverage of deorbit and landing begins at 8:30 p.m.