ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Tomorrow, on March 2, is expected a significant event for world astronautics. The special crew comes back to Earth after annual expedition at the International Space Station (ISS).
This is the captain of "Soyuz TMA-18M", the Russian astronaut Sergey Volkov who worked at the orbit nearly half a year, and also the Russian astronaut Mikhail Korniyenko and the American astronaut Scott Kelly, who executed the annual space mission.
Participants of the annual flight program plan to leave the lander independently, imitating landing to Mars where the meeting rescuers won't be.
In fact, there will be a lot of those who will greet the star crew. These are specialists of astronauts rescue team, the center of astronauts training, tens of other representatives ensuring safety of the space crew landing.
According to Kazkosmos's press service, there will be Kazakhstan astronauts Talgat Mussabayev and Aydyn Aimbetov among those, who will meet the crew.
"I will be glad to meet the commander Sergey Volkov whom we started the flight with on September 2, 2015, and also to express the admiration and support to Mikhail Korniyenko and Scott Kelly, whom it happened to work with at ISS", - Aydyn Aimbetov has told our agency.
Talgat Mussabayev will have a very important mission. On behalf of the Head of state, the adviser to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan T. Mussabayev will hand the state award – the award "Dostyk of II Degree" (Friendship) to the captain Sergey Volkov. This award waited for the hero from last year, when according to the Decree of the President of Kazakhstan, the group of Roskosmos heads and the Russian astronauts have been awarded by the state awards of RK.
According to the Roskosmos press service, everyone can watch the broadcast of landing and completion of "annual mission" in space.on the website of Roskosmos http://www.roscosmos.ru/317.
We remind that landing of the lander with crew, which includes the captain, the astronaut of Roskosmos Sergey Volkov and participants of the first annual expedition on ISS – the astronaut of Roskosmos Mikhail Korniyenko and the astronaut of NASA Scott Kelly is expected near the city of Zhezkazgan on March 2, at 10:26 am of Astana time.