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Astronauts prepare for return home

April 8 2006

Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and William McArthur Marcus Pontes preparing to return to the ISS to Earth. This was reported by the spokesperson of the Mission Control Center in Korolyov near Moscow Valery Lyndin.

"On Saturday at 21:15 Moscow time the crew of Expedition 12 will go aboard the Soyuz TMA-7, will close the hatches and begin preparations for the undocking," - said Lyndin.

According to him, undocking ISS and the Soyuz is scheduled at 0:15 GMT on Sunday. Approximately at 3:00 am Moscow time engines of the Union "should be included on the landing. Landing capsule is expected at 3:45 GMT on Sunday. A landing capsule is expected to be 50 kilometers northeast of the village of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan, reports " Interfax ".

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