Landing of the Soyuz MS-15 on the 17th of April 2020

A few days ago, the spacecraft Soyuz MS-16 was launched from the Baikonur spaceport with three participants of the "62/63 International Space Station expedition" on board, assigned to replace the members of the 62/61 expedition, who had been living and working on the space station since September, 2019. For the astronauts Oleg Skripochka, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan - participants of the 61/62 expedition it was time to get home. The spaceship Soyuz MS-15, with cosmonauts on board, landed in Kazakhstan steppe on the 17th of April 2020 at 08.16, Moscow time. The undocking procedure of the spacecraft from the ISS took place at 04.53 Moscow time. The whole time of the landing operation from the undocking protocol, followed by braking procedure and finaly touchdown took about three and a half hours. Overload during landing amounted to the 4 units of G-force. The astronauts spent 205 days on the orbit and were ready that they would not be met with all the honors and celebrations upon returning from space, because of the epidemic outbreak.

All the members of Search and Rescue Services, as well as Cosmonaut Training Center and Roscosmos Russian Space agency employees had taken preliminary tests on the Covid-19. All search and rescue vehicles such as "Blue birds", helicopters, as well as tents for meeting cosmonauts, had been carefully surfaced with antiseptics. The cosmonauts were evacuated from the spaceship according to the plan, being in good health condition. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, astronauts were sent home immediately after the landing where each of them will begin the rehabilitation process.